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Create a Functional Dining Room inside a Living Room Space

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
Although you may have dining space within your kitchen, you may dream about having a dining room where you can enjoy weekly or nightly family dinners. If your home does not have a dining room, its quite simple to create one within your living room. Or if you have a dining room that only sees occasion use, you may prefer to add dining room space within your living room, then convert the dining room into a more usable space, like a home office.

Start with the Living Room

To make this transition, look at the existing living room and consider where a dining table most naturally fits into its design. For example, if there is an open expanse of wall this can be the perfect area for the dining table. If the living room is not terribly large, the table can be placed flush with the wall along the long side of the table. Then place a chair at either end, and use the remaining chairs in other parts of the room or in other rooms all together. The table can be used as it is, to easily seat four people, and when it needs to accommodate more people, it can be moved away from the wall.

Another easy way to work a dining table into a living room is to place a round table in the corner of the room. The table does not necessarily look like a dining area, and it can be used to play cards or any number of other things. The key is to keep the table small, so selecting a modest sized round table with an extendable leaf is the perfect choice for this design.

Furnishings that Blend

When planning to combine the dining and living room, keep the silhouette of the dining chairs and table as unobtrusive as possible. Placing a huge dining table in the living room will simply overpower the room and give it a chaotic look. To keep the profile of the table and chairs as unobtrusive as possible, look for a table that allows the chairs to be placed all the way under the table when not in use rendering them almost invisible.

The Living Dining Room

To seamlessly blend the two functions of the room visually, look for furnishings that relate to each other. By relating the two areas of the room to each other, they remain separate but cohesive. For example, the seat cushions on the chairs can match the living room couch. Place an area rug under the dining table that pulls in the colors of the living room curtains. Hang a pendant light over the dining table with an adjustable dimmer switch so the mood of the room can be easily controlled. Instead of placing a tablecloth on the dining table, dress it up with a table runner that relates to colors in the living room. Add a lush vase of flowers to the dining table or a collection of pillar candles to the dining table when not in use to create an interesting display in the room.
Targeting do it yourselfers, Jilda Peterson writes regularly for, offering simple illustrations of southwestern metal art decor and monogram wall grille.

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