Are Formal Dining Rooms Out of Style?
Traditionally it was the style to have a completely separate room for dining, which most often, was only used for dinner parties and special occasions. Today formal dining rooms, with their connotation of polished silverware and fancy china, have fallen out of favor with homeowners who want to enjoy their meals in a more relaxed, informal setting. But that’s not to say formal dining rooms have completely gone away – if you like to get fancy every now and then, or you are a messy cook and prefer to keep all the pots and pans out of eyesight for your guests, a reimagined dining space may be right for you. When shopping for your new dining space, consider how many people you need to seat, the size and style of the room and how you serve your friends, family and party guests. If your gatherings are most often buffet-style consider a functional side cabinet such as a server or complementary accent chest. Add interest to the space by combining styles and finishes such as upholstered parsons chairs.
Furniture for Eat-In Kitchens
If you don’t have a formal dining room, you probably have an eat-in kitchen, breakfast nook, or open-plan dining room. Eat-in kitchens and breakfast nooks put the seating right within reach of the cooking space for maximum convenience. Bring the host or hostess closer to the company by adding some bar stools to your kitchen counter. Don’t have an outward-facing kitchen counter? For multi-purpose uses, discover the functionality that a kitchen island provides you for serving and food prep, or the versatility of a drop-leaf table that will change with your space needs. And for that every-day, all-purpose eat/work/study area your casual dining set options are endless.
Counter Height Dining
One of the fastest growing trends in dining sets is counter height dining tables. Counter height dining tables are fun and casual, providing more leg room for tall people. They can also be used instead of a kitchen island or kitchen counter because they are tall enough to be the perfect height for food prep. Crowley Furniture & Mattress makes it easy to build a dreamy counter height dining set with counter height tables, counter height stools, and even counter height dining benches.
Dining Room Storage
Do you need display space for heirloom china? Or maybe a place to keep a few of your favorite bottles of wine on hand? Maybe you just need a little extra storage for all those cooking appliances and serving platters. Crowley Furniture & Mattress has plenty of options for all of your kitchen and dining storage. Choose a china cabinet with LED display lighting for displaying collections and antiques. A sideboard or buffet provides the handy storage and serving space you need. Buffets and China Cabinets with built-in wine racks help you save space and stock some of your favorite beverages for a girl’s night in.
Convert a corner of your home into a full-service bar or a self-serve coffee bar with a mobile bar cart. If you want something without wheels, try a stand-alone bar cabinet. If you need a little more space for your bar, Crowley Furniture & Mattress also offers bar tables and bar counters. With a set of swivel bar stools, your home will be the neighborhoods go-to spot for entertainment and good company.