3 Ways to Transform Your Unused Dining Space.

This may just be the end of the formal dining room as we know it.

Millennials are the generation most known for skipping the whole “formal dining room” thing, With more and more people foregoing the seemingly useless space, it begs the question… “what do I do with this space now?”

What is your dining table really for? Crafts? Meals? Dinner parties? Maybe it’s just for show? According to a 2019 survey about cooking at home found that the American dining room is slowly dying.
It was found that 72 percent of respondents grew up eating around a dining room table, and today only 48 percent of them still do. If your home was built before the 1950’s it’s almost certain that your home features a separate formal dining space. But what if you don’t use it as such? Do you leave it as is because society tells you, you should? Or do you customize the space to fit your current lifestyle?

Here’s my opinion. Even though I am all for beautifully curated spaces, and I absolutely adore a great tablescape.. If a room in your home is not serving you, if valuable space is being wasted, there is nothing wrong with rearranging things to make it better suit your needs. Here’s my opinion. Even though I am all for beautifully curated spaces, and I absolutely adore a great tablescape.. If a room in your home is not serving you, if valuable space is being wasted, there is nothing wrong with rearranging things to make it better suit your needs. If there is anything this pandemic has taught us it’s this- Our spaces need to be able to adapt, and function in a variety of different ways. Your space should be beautiful AND functional. If there is anything this pandemic has taught us it’s this- Our spaces need to be able to adapt, and function in a variety of different ways.

Okay so you’re sold. Out with the antiquated formal dining space and in with the… what? If you’re not sure what to turn your newfound bonus space in to I’ve got some ideas for you! These can all be easily achieved, and converted back for resale purposes if you so choose.

Idea #1: The Multifunctional Office/Dining Room

Need a place to work but still want the option to have dinner parties? This may be the perfect solution for you! Swap out your dining table for a smaller size, add a desk or multifunctional furniture like these cool pieces from IKEA. They add storage and a place to work.

Idea #2: The Playroom

Recent addition to the family? Try turning your unused dining room into a playroom! Keep the rug, and chaniler, and facebook market place the table and chairs. Just add toys and a happy little babe and the transformation is complete!

Idea #3: The In-Home Gym

No longer having to travel to the gym or even worse.. your basement to get your workout in? Sign me up! Transform your hardly touched dining space into a home gym! Keep the moody paint, mirror decor, and a bench or two, and just add equipment.

Lauren Lefever is a licensed realtor with Weichert Realtors, Welcome Home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. M: 717.519.7491 O: 717.291.1041

One response to “3 Ways to Transform Your Unused Dining Space.”

  1. Inspired! Thank you!

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