For each person who has a dining room they use regularly, there seems to be another who uses the space maybe once or twice a year—and yet one more who doesn’t have a dining room and avoids hosting dinner parties and holiday gatherings at all costs.
If you fall into the first group, congratulations! (And consider checking out these secrets to making your dining room even better.) If you don’t, we’re here to help. And while it might seem that the people with an underutilized dining room and those with no dining room at all have diametrically opposed issues, both can be solved by thinking beyond a room’s prescribed purpose and creating a multipurpose space.
If you play air hockey or table tennis more often than you host sit-down dinners, go ahead and turn your dining room into a game room; you can always place a board atop the ping-pong table and then cover it with a tablecloth to create a dining table. Or maybe instead of a dining room you have a second bedroom you converted into a home office; it’s pretty easy to transform your desk into a table, and if you want to hide some of your work detritus, add a sideboard where you can store items away or place a room screen in front of your bulletin board or printer area. (A room screen can also help you divide a large dining room into a smaller one plus a work space or play area.) And if you live in one of those funky apartments where the entry is larger than the so-called dining room (speaking from experience here), an expandable dining table that you can move into the foyer for larger gatherings is a life-changer.
Below are a few multitasking spaces that might having you rethinking your own dining area.