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6 Rules to Designing The Perfect Dining Space

Food makes the world go around. Activity at homes, colleges and even offices is centred on food; people who give you food and spaces those host the food. We’re not driving at kitchens. Kitchens are hot messy spaces that do the groundwork for your food. The dining room is the pretty space where it all comes together. The dining room is about silver cutlery, flowers and fancy linen. Dining rooms are visually aesthetic, ergonomically comfortable and functionally sound. 

1. Dining Area vs. Dining Room – A room by definition, is a space enclosed by walls and doors. An open dining space is better suited than a closed dining room.

Don’t enclose the dining space in a room unless the room is larger than 10 Feet X 10 Feet. Big windows and openings facilitate ventilation in dining areas to discard odours. Closed room dining is a formal set-up.

Dining spaces should be fun and informal spaces that convene conversation, cheer and interaction amidst family members. Above, is a space designed by Hiren Patel Architects, tucked in a corner of the room; enclosed by three walls. It retains privacy with the added benefit of openness.

2. Location of Dining Space – The dining area often functions as a transition area between public, semi-private and private areas. The dining area or space should be located close to the kitchen but also near the living room. Some homes accommodate dining spaces in the kitchen. A dining room in the kitchen is inconvenient and uncomfortable due to the heat and smoke generated in the kitchen. Instead, locate the dining space in the vicinity of the kitchen. Often, dining tables are placed in the living room. Ensure that the table is not visible to outsiders if the main door is ajar.

Designed by Architect Sunil Patil, the space is conceived in a series of transitional areas. The kitchen culminates into a breakfast bar. The room ends at dining table placed in the large spanned corridor, facing the backdoor and landscaped exteriors. It is close to the kitchen, but away from the heat and bustle.

Yet again, the dining room is snuggled between the kitchen and back of the living room, making it a perfect transition space from the ‘public’ living room to the ‘private’ kitchen. Don’t tuck the dining space in a lightless and dark corner of the house. The dining area should be ventilated. It should be located near a natural source of light or situated in a relatively open space.

3. Storage – A dining should be functional along with fashionable. Ample storage near the dining space is essential to avoid excursions to the kitchen for trivial knick-knacks.

A console near the table comes handy for storing everyday wares and cutlery.

4. Size of Tables and Measurements – The size of your dining table is directly proportionate to the occupants. A seated individual needs 24 inches to 30 inches of linear space for comfortable elbow movement. A 4 feet X 4 feet table is economical and just right. 4 feet X 5 feet is ample.

To arrive at a generic table size, assign 4 – 5 feet in width for the table. Add 2 feet for every individual to be seated on either side of the table. A 4 feet X 8 feet table can accommodate 4 individuals on either side and 2 at the head. That’s a total of 10 users in all! If the dining table arrangement is enclosed by walls on either side, leave a minimum gap of 36 inches from the chair to the wall. This allows the user to get up and push the chair back comfortably.

5. Get a Dining Bench – A dining bench is used in place of chairs for smaller spaces. Often, dining tables are pushed against the wall.

A bench is constructed on the wall in place of chairs. It saves 3 feet of space.

6. Accessorize Right – A chandelier above the dining table and a centre-piece on the dining table is good enough to create a jovial vibe in the dining space.

The chandelier should be positioned at the exact centre of the dining table. 30-36 inches clear height should be maintained between the dining table top and chandelier bottom. The chandelier should be smaller than the dining table. Leave 12 inches minimum from the dining table do determine the maximum size of the chandelier. The centre-piece can be as simple as a dainty bowl with flowers.

A humble little bowl with fresh flowers can make a tonne of difference to the dining decor, because God is in the details!

It is the details that elevate the extraordinary from ordinary! Go on; create your dining haven like a professional!