Take attention for furnishing any room in the house, not just care about dining furniture room. That foundation is built by determining your needs before doing anything else. Figure out who is going to use it, how it'll be used and if there're any special considerations like the dining room size or budget.

What Dining Room Furniture Do I Need?

Dining Furniture Room

Before you get your dining room furniture determine what kind of space you have? A dining room needs a different approach than a dining area.

If you are furnishing a dining room, you have to determine how often you use it. A room that is used every day calls for a different approach than one that is seldom used and is there more for show.

How do you plan to use your dining room? For smaller homes a dining room may also be a multi-purpose room. It will double as a home office or a place to do homework. It may also be a place for socializing.

Finally, your style matters. If you're not sure what pleases you, determine your style. Each room should fulfill a purpose and make you happy to be there and share with your friends and loved ones.

We all know that a dining room needs a table and chairs. But what kind of a table? Which chairs? What else might be needed in your dining room? A china cabinet? Sideboards? Serving carts? Or storage, because your dining room also doubles as your home-office?

Before You Get Dining Room Furniture:

Before you bget any dining room furniture, consider these questions:

  • What kind of space do you have? Is it a dining room or a dining area?
  • If you are furnishing a dining room how often do you use it? How will you use your dining room? Is it just for dining or will it be a multi-purpose room?Will small kids be using it?
  • What's your decorating style?

Your Dining Room Size:

Dining Furniture Room

How big is your dining room? Do you have a large space at your disposal? A cavernous room with a small table will look cold and empty, while a too small space with a large table and chairs can seem unpleasantly crowded. Always measure your room before getting furniture, and remember to leave enough room around your furniture to move around easily.

If it's a fairly large room, you may want to consider including other pieces of furniture such as screens, sideboards or china cabinets. If you want to downplay the size you can also want to use heavy drapes or rugs. Wider, bigger or upholstered chairs may be used.

How You Use Your Dining Room:

Before you begin furnishing your dining room, determine how you would use it. Will it be used every day, or only once in a while to entertain?

  • A seldom used room can be furnished with high maintenance finishes and fabrics while a dining room that is used every day should be more functional. Look for sturdy and easy to clean furniture surfaces if young children will be eating there.
  • If you use your dining room to work, read or converse, consider comfortable chairs.
  • For a seldom used dining room, you may even consider designating some other purpose to it more suited to how you live. It's just a dining room only if you say so.

How to Decorate Your Dining Room:

Now that you have figured out the best way to use your dining room based on your needs and the amount of room you have, decorating it should be easy. It is about functionality and your personal preferences.

Dining Room Lighting:

There are many options for dining room lighting: chandeliers, pendants, sconces or floor lamps in many different styles from cutting edge contemporary to nostalgic traditional. Do not forget candles for those special occasions. Whatever source you select for lighting, make sure it has a dimmer switch, so that you can adjust the amount of light you need.

One rule of thumb for hanging chandeliers: there should be at least 34" inches of clearance space between the chandelier and the table. If it is a wider chandelier, make sure that people won't bump their heads when getting up or sitting down.

If you decide to use dining room as a home office, remember to have appropriate task lighting.