The dining room offers more functional possibilities than just a place to eat. In a house with limited space, families and individuals will turn a dining table into a station for something else. The busy and changing lifestyles of family members bring them to eat in other areas of the house. Some eat right there at the kitchen counter, while others would eat in front of the TV or their workstation. This leaves the formal dining table unused in most parts of the year or until the holiday season kicks in. If this is the case in your home, there are other creative ways to use the dining room.

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Home Office

Working from home is no longer a strange thing. The space provided by a dining table makes a great work area. Dining room furniture can also function as office furniture depending on the type of work and frequency of use. If working at home is your lifestyle and you live alone or with a partner, having a dining room incorporated with office design is an easy decision. One of the better home office ideas we’ve seen is to push one side of the table against a wall, which can also serve as the corkboard area for reminders or office décor. When an occasion demands a dining table on those rare holidays, you can easily convert it back into its original purpose.

From Dining Room to Guest Room

If you have a large family or you love entertaining guests who tend to stay over, turn your dining room into a guest room. If may sound awkward, but it can be done. All you need is to have a Murphy or a custom bed installed which you can tuck away and hidden from sight when not in use. In studio apartments, rooms with dual functions are a big thing. With this need for extra sleeping space, you may have to rethink your dining room design. In many traditional homes, dining rooms are quite large. Leaving it useless for the most part of the year is a shame if you are lacking a room for guests. Check for contemporary dining room ideas to update your room to have multiple purposes.

Play Area

For those who don’t have a gaming room, a romp room, or a den for playing, the dining room is always available. Moms can easily monitor her kids playing while she finishes cooking dinner. For those who love boards games and tabletop games with their pals, the dining table is perfect. In cases where the kitchen is the center of all social activities in the house, why not bring in a billiard table into the dining area?  This makes the playroom, the dining, and kitchen flow seamlessly into each space. All it takes is some forward planning and complementing dining room décor to unite the rooms.

In the end, it is your home, your space, and your dining area. There are no rules in design expect that which makes you comfortable. So if you need extra space for other activities, just look to the dining room.