Double-Duty Dining Rooms

Small Space Solutions

If you're lucky enough to have a dining room in your small home, you're most likely using it for more than meals. Like many of yours, ours can often be spotted posing as our craft room, home office, and reading nook; but I still like it to look and function as a special place for dining. Here are a few inspirations for striking the balance.

Home Office. Sideboards are hard-working pieces, capable of holding more than just dishes. This one hides a complete office while overhead shelves hide papers in attractive boxes that fit as nicely into the dining room as any office.
Lounge spot. Row houses with centered fireplaces are tricky spaces to plan. Placing the dining table in front of the (assuming non-working) fireplace gives dining a priority while still allowing room for a lounge-able reading spot.
An everything room. The farmhouse, expedit-esque shelving unit houses extra dishes as well as magazines and other non-dining related extras.
Crafting Space. We've featured the talented Leah of More Ways To Waste Time's awesome sewing desk/home office/dining room before, but it's one of the rooms that I keep finding myself coming back to for inspiration because it maximizes the function of the dining room without making it feel cluttered or haphazard.
Library dining rooms.

What extra roles does your dining room play, and how do you keep it ordered?

Images: 1: Homes and Gardens, 2: Elle Decor via Splendid Willow, 3: vt wonen, 4: Leah of More Ways To Waste Time via Apartment Therapy: SF, 5: Oprah via Apartment Therapy: DC

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