The dining room is the heart of the family home. It’s where we eat long lazy weekend breakfasts, gather together with loved ones after a day at work and share meals and drinks on those special occasions such as Christmas and birthdays.

Whether you have a large room with a dining table at the centre, or a small corner in your kitchen, it’s important to create a dedicated dining space that works for your whole family.

To help you out, we’ve put together a few ideas on how to create the perfect family dining space that’s both stylish and functional.

Choose your Style

When you’re creating a dining space, start by determining the style you want to achieve. This will make shopping for new dining room tables and chairs much easier.

If your style is on the traditional side, look for classic designs such as the Carisbrooke Dining Table. Made from reclaimed wood with a smooth white painted finish and a sun dried ash top, it embodies elegance and country cottage style.

Halmstad Dining Table

For a more contemporary vibe, industrial style dining tables such as the Halmstad Dining Table are a great choice. Its modern and minimal design features a brushed stainless steel and concrete-effect finish that looks great with the Hix Dining Chair.

Keep it Practical

While style is important, a good family dining space should also be practical. After all, it needs to seat the whole family comfortably whilst also fitting well into your home for years to come.

Carefully consider what size dining tables are suitable for your home as well as thinking about the colour and finish that is most practical for your family (a glass table isn’t a good idea for a home with small children, for example.)

Hannover Dining Table

The Hannover Dining Table makes an elegant yet functional addition to most family homes thanks to its versatile design. Made from hardwearing solid oak with an oiled finish, it has a timeless quality that will last.

Get the Seating Right

Once you’ve chosen the best dining table for your family, you need the perfect chairs to go with it. There are endless options when it comes to chairs, whether you want to match to your dining table or go for a more eclectic look with a mix of styles.

Upholstered dining chairs not only look great but are comfortable to sit on too. The Bambury Lily Dining Chair will add an elegant appeal to your dining room, with a beautiful grey fabric finish and button back detailing.

Savannah Dining Table

For large families who need flexible seating, consider swapping dining chairs for a spacious bench; perfect for squeezing on an extra person. The Savannah Dining Table Set features three dining chairs and a large bench to fit the whole family around.

Be Ready for Extra Guests

A family dining room should always be ready to accommodate extra guests, whether the grandparents are coming round for Sunday lunch or your teenager has brought home a group of friends for dinner.

Bambury Extending Dining Table

An extending dining table will make the most of your room, allowing you to increase your dining space when you need it, and save space when you don’t. The Bambury Extending Dining Table has an oak top that can be extended in an instant, so you’ll never be unprepared at dinner time.

Add the Finishing Touches

Last but not least, your dining room should be a unique space that reflects your family and their personality. Add finishing touches to your room with stylish accessories that will make it a welcoming space for family and guests alike.

Create a centrepiece with vases and bowls and dress your table with interesting tableware such as place mats, glasses and dishes. Finally, a framed print or a statement clock will bring your dining room walls to life.

Tableware | Barker and Stonehouse

With our top tips, you can create an elegant yet practical dining room that works for every occasion. What would be your perfect family dining room?

Shop our range of dining tables, dining chairs and coordinating dining room furniture sets for even more inspiration.