The kitchen is one of the most used and important rooms in most homes.
It’s used for cooking, eating and entertaining and therefore needs to be well-equipped to deal with a significant footfall and broad range of occasions. Beyond the choice of kitchen, the furniture you place within it is vitally important to the overall ambiance and usefulness of the room.
In this blog, we’re going to consider the kitchen/diner and how one might select new furniture for such an important space.
Start by considering the room size
Take a good look at the available space within your kitchen. This will come from the size of the room itself and the existing workspaces.
If your kitchen/diner is small, you should avoid investing in large furniture that will overwhelm and dominate the room.
Equally, larger rooms often tempt homeowners to fill every available space with as much furniture as possible; a big mistake.
Let the room breathe, no matter its size.
Think about the room use
What will you be using your kitchen/diner for? Do you tend to eat regularly in it? Entertain friends and family consistently? Or is it simply somewhere you occasionally use to knock up a quick meal for yourself before retiring to the living room to watch TV?
The furniture you choose for your kitchen/diner needs to match the intended use. If you use it infrequently, for example, a small dining room table and chairs set that can be cleverly packed away and take up little room, will work perfectly.
Consider the storage space options
The kitchen is a great place to store stuff beyond the obvious pots, pans and food items.
No matter how much space you have to play with, you should have room to add a drawer or sideboard which will sit proudly against a wall and provide ample space to store things which may otherwise clutter up a different room or the kitchen’s worktops.
Don’t forget the smaller stuff
Furniture for your kitchen/diner extends far beyond the table tops, drawers and dining room tables you’ll be immediately drawn to.
Small items like wine racks will also make a big difference to the look and feel of the room whether you opt for simple metal versions that sit on kitchen workspaces or more elaborate affairs that double as sideboards.
Experiment with contemporary furniture
Who says you need to buy a traditional dining room table?
These days, there’s an abundance of choice when it comes to inventive, contemporary furniture. Take this solid oak dining bench, for example:
It wouldn’t look out of place in a swanky restaurant, and may be just the thing to set your kitchen/diner apart from everyone else’s.
You’re spoilt for choice when buying furniture for your kitchen/diner these days. Just remember the golden rules:
- Don’t overwhelm small rooms with big furniture;
- Let large rooms breathe; don’t be tempted to fill every available space;
- Be daring – try something that you haven’t seen before in anyone else’s home;
- Remember to invest in the smaller, more functional items, too.
Use our tips above, and you’ll create the perfect kitchen/diner that’s ready for everything your busy life can throw at it.