Monday, December 1, 2014

Living Room Meets Dining Room: The New Way to Eat In

The dining room is usually the first thing to go when shrinking a space plan down to the modern compact size so often seen in condos, townhomes and other smaller dwellings. Faced with fitting your life into less square footage, how do you still fit in three square meals a day comfortably?


The answer lies in your living room. With a few tricks, like adding banquette seating, folding tables and clever seating, you can make your living space perform double duty for movie nights and intimate dinners. Here’s how.



The idea of pairing a dining table with a wide banquette or bench is nothing new. It’s been a popular trend for stylish and functional eat-in kitchens, like the one seen here, for some time. But this idea can work well for living rooms too.



By moving the combination of sofa-like seat and full dining table to the living area, you create a functional space than can serve multiple needs without wasting precious space.


A fully built-in bench seat can create a classic gentlemen’s club appeal …



… but a stand-alone sofa works perfectly too. It’s an idea I love so much, I used it in my own home (shown here). During my rare moments of downtime, the sofa still provides a place for lounging and catching up on TV while also giving me plenty of space for dinner guests whenever I need it.


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