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Dining Room Layout Guide

When arranging your dining room furniture, you should not only think about what is visually pleasing but also the most functional use of the space. Whether your home layout is traditional, open, large or small this guide will help you create a dining space from which you and your family can get the utmost enjoyment.


Open Concept

Open concepts are designed to provide a practical space for entertainment all the while creating a cohesive flow between the kitchen, dining, and living room. In an open concept home, your dining room layout should live between the kitchen and the living room serving as an integrated space to gather.  In this dining room layout, we have combined a round dining table with six dining chairs just at the edge of the kitchen. The simplicity of a round table between the kitchen and living room allows a practical connection between them without sacrificing functionality and space. In addition to your dining table, try adding a few bar stools to your kitchen island to continue the flow of social space. The versatility of this dining room layout is perfect for work, rest, and play. 


Formal dining rooms curate a strong sense of romance, community, and celebration as a space entirely devoted to eating, drinking, and entertaining. To promote an inviting atmosphere, utilize large-scale dining tables or dining sets that accommodate loved ones and friends comfortably (bonus points if it has an extendable leaf). Quality craftsmanship and intricate detailing are prime features to consider when picking your perfect dining table! Our top picks include the Stanford Dining Table and the Interlude 5 Pc. Rectangle Dining Room Set. If you want to further refine your formal dining room’s style, add a china cabinet or buffet against a wall for both functionality and character! 

Breakfast Nook

If you don't have the space for a formal dining room or want a charming spot for intimate dining, a breakfast nook is a great dining room layout option. Transform your kitchen with coziness and comfort by adding a couple of benches to a corner, paired with a small dining table and two or three chairs. If this is your first time using a breakfast nook, the Homestead Nook Dining Table is a great starter piece with an artful personality! Not only does this layout optimize space and seating but creates a whimsical addition to your dining room. 

Eat-In Kitchen

This dining room layout is the ideal model if you desire to keep prep, dining, and cleanup in one convenient area. If you have a large enough kitchen, place your dining table in the center of the room so it can double as an island during meal preparations. The eat-in kitchen dining room layout creates a central place for family to gather, thus allowing you to catch up in today's busy lifestyle. You may also want to include a dining storage piece or end table to balance decor and storage. For example, you can pair the Auburn Hills 5 Pc. Dining Room Set with its coordinating Server for a casual yet comforting focal piece in your dining space. 

With these great dining room layouts, you can update your dining room with confidence. These layouts are a starting point, but we know that not all homes are made the same. Don't hesitate to make adjustments and customize your dining space to fit your lifestyle. Happy arranging!

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