03 Dec

We love… Dining rooms

If you have an extension or have opened up your floor space to create one big open plan room, there should be plenty of room for a large dining table and additional seating to accommodate everyone.

The Christmas season is a time for celebrating with family and friends, with everyone gathering together to spend time together eating, drinking and being merry. Space is the most precious commodity at this time of year within the home, especially if you’re expecting a lot of guests for Christmas dinner.

If that’s the case, then an open plan space is perfect for entertaining large groups. If you have an extension or have opened up your floor space to create one big open plan room, there should be plenty of room for a large dining table and additional seating to accommodate everyone. The most common type of table used is a long rectangular one, but there are other options to consider; try an ‘L’ or horse-shoe shaped table. This will give an illusion of space by leaving a portion of the floor space free, and also help guests feel like they are in smaller groups which make it easier to talk.

In a small space, it is much harder to fit a large group in, but there are some handy tips:

  • Pull in furniture from other rooms, and move any and all furniture that doesn’t serve a purpose for the party into unused areas
  • You can expand an existing table – if it doesn’t have an extension already – by placing a plywood board on top. Just cover with a tablecloth and noone will know
  • Lastly, go informal by serving food in the kitchen so the table doesn’t get too cluttered

If you find that you’re having to squeeze people in this Christmas, it might be time to consider adding an orangery to your home. The large open space will also help create the feel of togetherness rather than being alone in the kitchen at Christmas.

If you think this might be a viable option for you, please do get in touch to discuss what possibilities there could be for extending your home.