Using Your Dining Room to the Fullest

When it comes to extra platters and once-a-year turkey roasting pans, most of us wish we could store them more efficiently in our kitchen. We’re just as guilty! When Scott and I were renovating our kitchen last year, we drew up plans and considered what each and every cabinet would hold. Our island pulls its weight, too, housing some of our larger pots, leftover containers, overflow dog treats, and chew toys. But… as so many of us have under-utilized dining rooms right off of the kitchen, have you considered how this space can contribute toward your home organization?

Our dining area is more or less an extension of our living room, but we treat it as a separate space. The statement light above the table helps, and we laid a hard-wearing outdoor rug under the table to further define the room. Behind the table, we hung floating cabinetry.


Whether it’s a low-slung storage buffet or a statement piece, consider how this furniture will work for you. Our credenza hides away ceramic vases, water pitchers, and cookbooks, but it’s also where we store miscellaneous home décor items, such as trinkets and figurines that we like to rotate around the home.

Truth be told, when I think of a “dining room buffet,” my mind immediately wanders to stuffy shelves of fine china and untouchables. But that’s not really fair, is it? Modern dining rooms seem to adapt to family needs—from a staging a homework area to cocktails with neighbors! Every room in your home should be so loved, and this room is no exception. Here are a few ideas to incorporate into your dining room (or eat-in kitchen!) that help keep it organized, and turn it into the second workhorse of your home—second only to the kitchen, of course.

Create a family command station. Fill a neglected wall with a colorful bookcase, frame a fill-in calendar, and use dry erase markers to keep up with the month’s events! Storage caddies for every member of the family help keep clutter to a minimum, and nothing makes a room more cozy than stacks of books.

via Boston Magazine

Consider a hideaway desk instead of a buffet. Is your dining table more of a paperwork drop zone than a place to eat dinner? A small buffet-turned-desk will keep up with you, rather than fight you.

via HGTV

Highlight your wares with open shelving. Is a hunky piece of furniture not your style? Install floor-to-ceiling shelving to stack your prettiest dishes. A row of baskets adds texture while hiding away smaller items.

via Remodelista

Do you have room for a banquette? Not only would this provide additional seating for gatherings, but think of all the additional hidden storage it would provide! Use this under-the-bench space for bulky tablecloths, hot plates, or unruly toys.

via Style at Home

How do you use your dining room to the fullest? If you’re on the hunt for more ideas, follow along with Bali Blinds on Pinterest! The organization pin boards are always my favorite, and this one is no exception.

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