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The Dining Room: It's Basic Elements
Today's dining room is often much more than a place to
eat and entertain guests. Actually, each person must choose whether their lifestyle should include a formal
dining room or not. Mine doesn't. I actually have my office/studio in my formal dining room. I used to
have it in an upstairs bedroom, but I felt cut off from my home and what was happening in it. I like
being at the hub of things at all times. And since I also have an "informal dining room" too, I have
dispensed with my "formal" room in favour of my much more practical office.
I also hate to cook and that makes me pretty much of a non-entertainer, therefore, I really have no
need of a formal dining room. But you'll have to look at your lifestyle and that of your family and make
the appropriate decisions that work for you. Having said that, let's now take a look at the typical
types of furniture one usually finds in a formal dining room: a large, long table (or it could be round or
square), side chairs, a hutch or chest to hold food and serving dishes, table settings, lighting,
carpeting (with perhaps an area rug too), and window treatments.
When choosing a table for your dining room, check your available space and then consider how you like
to entertain the most and how often you entertain at all. Ask yourself the following questions. Can you
stand eating on trays? How can you have a room in which a meal can be served both in the traditional
manner and in a buffet style? Is there a way the room can be used for more than just dining? What types
of furniture will the room hold without blocking traffic lanes? Will the room have, or does it presently
have dado (also known as wainscotting or chair rail) that will affect placement or height of any of
DECORATING TIP - If you have a hard flooring surface, and you choose an area rug, make sure that
when the chairs are pulled back to accommodate guests while seated, that the entire chair rests on the
area rug. You never want to have the back legs on the hard surface and the front legs on the area rug.
DECORATING TIP - If you place a floral arrangement in the center of the table, make sure it is
not so tall that it would require someone to part the flowers in order to see and converse with someone
on the opposite side of the table.
A Guide to Tablecloth Sizes
Here are the standard sizes for tablecloths for square, oblong, oval and round tables.
SQUARE - A 52"x52" cloth will fit tables that are 28"x28" to 40"x40". These tables will seat 4.
OBLONG - A 52"x70" cloth will fit tables that are 28"x46" to 40"x58". These tables will seat 4-6 people.
A 60"x84" cloth will fit tables 36"x60" to 48"x72". These tables will seat 6-8 people.
A 60"x104" cloth will fit tables 36"x80" to 48"x92". These tables will seat 8-10 people.
A 60"x120" cloth will fit tables that are 36"x96" to 48"x108". These tables will seat 10-12 people.
A 60"x144" cloth will fit tables that are 36"x124" to 48"x126". These tables will seat 14-16 people.
OVAL - A 60"x84" cloth will fit tables that are 36"x60" to 48"x72". These tables will seat 6-8 people.
A 60"x104" cloth will fit tables 36"x36" to 80"x92". These tables will seat 8-10 people.
ROUND - A 60" cloth will fit tables 36" diameter to 48" diameter. These tables will seat 4 people.
A 70" cloth will fit tables 48" diameter to 58" diameter. These tables will seat 4-6 people.
A 90" cloth will fit tables 66" diameter to 78" diameter. These tables will seat 4-6 people.
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