Katherina Kolb. Dining room. September 26th , 2017.
Let’s get warmed up to the idea of repurposing the dining room by removing the table setting and all but one chair. Now you have the home office you’ve been wanting. Use a couple of drawers in the adjacent buffet for file storage. Return chairs to table when company arrives. Easy. Done.
A dining room rug should have at least 24 inches of extra room on all sides of the dining table to allow enough space for guests to pull out chairs without tripping over the rug. An even wider border is ideal. To be sure you are getting the correct size rug, measure your dining table, add 24 inches or more on each side and mark the area directly on the floor with painter’s tape. If the marked areas falls well inside your other dining room furniture buffet, bar cart, consider sizing up.
The larger your round table is, the harder it will be for all your guests to converse with one another — keep this in mind if you have a large dining room and are tempted to go with a round table.
Once you know how long your table can be, you can then work out how many can comfortably sit around it. Allow at least 24 inches of elbow room for each guest.
Ergonomics studies human body measurements relative to the safe use of equipment and furniture. An enormous amount of time and money have gone into designing ergonomically sound office furniture, so productivity isn’t compromised, but what about the many hours we spend in the home? Do we think about our families’ musculoskeletal welfare when we make that dining room table purchase.