How Best to Reclaim the Dining Room

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Q: Our twins will be starting full time daycare in a couple of months and we figure that once they are spending five days a week in a play space that we can reclaim our dining room, which we turned into a playroom for them earlier this year. We want to have space for a family of four - with two in highchairs - to sit together and eat but also still have some space in there for them to play. the challenge is that the room is 10.5' by 9'. We are having a terrible time visualizing how we might put the room together to have space for dining and space for the girls. what would be the best choice for table and chairs? We also want the girls to feel like they are welcome in each room in the house. Alternatively, if anyone has suggestions for how we could make them welcome in the dining room without having a "play" space, we'd love to hear it! We are trying to branch out their play into other rooms of the house.

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.