A formal and separate dining area is rarely a priority in most houses today. People now tend to gravitate towards the option of eating within the kitchen area…

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  • For some, the idea of preparing a meal in full sight of guests is daunting.
  • For others, the thought of entertaining or dining in view of dirty preparation dishes is challenging.
  • In such cases, an island may provide the ideal solution, where space allows, as it can act as a physical and visual barrier between the food preparation and dining areas.
  • An inline fan – where the motor is located remotely for the extract point – will quietly extract cooking smells in combined kitchen/dining areas.
  • In areas where space is limited, a table with a single, central leg will work best.
  • Where a distinct dining space is a must, it should naturally be located conveniently to the kitchen, perhaps connected to the cooking area by means of double doors?

Dining…Our House

  • We have two dining tables, the larger of the two currently located in the kitchen area and the smaller in the adjoining central area of our open plan house.
  • They measure 300 x 90cm and 150 x 90cm respectively and may be seamlessly joined together to create an extra long table where required.
  • The long table seats 12 comfortably and is a useful multi-tasking surface. It works well as a foil and backdrop to the kitchen.
  • Its position, in the kitchen, makes entertaining easy. As regards dirty dishes, it probably makes us more conscious of the “tidy as you go” maxim, but I have also realised that people focus mainly on the company, not the background, when eating.
  • A wall-mounted desk runs parallel to the table in the middle area and has functioned usefully as layout space for buffets etc in the past.
  • The shelves overhead house favourite objects – cake stands, photographs etc – on the lower level, with books overhead.
  • Using the shelves in this way means that the books are not overwhelming in the space.