Designing the layout for a dining room depends greatly on the dining habits of the homeowner. The space can be large and formal, or it can be an alcove or breakfast nook. You should plan your home design to include space for both formal and informal dining. While the formal eating space may not be used on a daily basis, it comes in handy during those holiday meals and dinner parties. Even in a small house this can be accomplished if proper home planning is executed.
Dining Room Function
This room functions as an extension of the kitchen. Whether the space is for casual or formal occasions, dining rooms are to provide a place for the family to gather and eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Wherever you position your dining room, it should always be adjacent to the kitchen. In addition, it is best to make the walking distance as short as possible between the two rooms. In a closed floor plan, the formal dining room should be in close proximity to the living room as well as the kitchen. In this particular design layout, walls generally separate the spaces making the rooms very specific in purpose. So make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the maximum amount of people you would plan to host at a dinner party.
A floor plan with an open design concept has more flexibility. The living and dining room can share one huge open area. Guest and family can enter the dining room through the living room making the move from socializing to dining a smooth transition. In both the open and closed floor plan concept, the dining room should serve as the buffer between the kitchen and living area. In addition, kitchen activities should not be viewable from the formal dining area. This can be achieved by dividing the room with a wall that only has a door for access to either room.
A breakfast nook or alcove is unlike the formal dining in that it can actually be apart of the kitchen. In some cases, the kitchen is designed large enough to allow space for a small table and four chairs. However it is important to design in a way that this doesn't impact the work triangle of the kitchen. An ideal design creates a eating area opposite of the dining room. In simple terms, the kitchen is used to separate the formal and informal eating areas.
Size and Shape
Small dining room
Medium dining room
Large dining room