Carpentry Tips For Designing A Eating Room

by Ronald Rebound
(Lazy Acres CA)

An Eating room is designed for eating. I am a carpenter and I have designed and built some rooms here are some carpentry tips and ideas for anyone that wants to have an room just for eating. At the end I have a check list for anyone that would like to use it.

The room where you eat is often the center of activity and the heart of the house. And the table is a focal point for solitary and communal activities for conversation, playing board games, doing homework or jigsaw puzzles, and for the pleasure of eating. Obviously, the furniture should be comfort-able enough to encourage these diverse gatherings and activities; the surroundings are as important.

Meals, is the main reason for eating rooms, should be relaxed occasions, conducive to lingering long after the food is finished no-one will want to sit at the table longer than necessary if the lights are uncomfortably bright, the chairs hard, or the layout of the room awkward arid unmanageable. Understanding what makes an eating room work, and how to adapt these principles to suit your particular needs, is important to the success of that room, and to the home as a whole. The kitchen and eating space should be sensibly linked, with a minimum of hazards. If it is a trauma or physical challenge to trans-ports meal from the kitchen to the table, or to clear away the dishes, then the atmosphere in the eating room will suffer accordingly.

The formula for a successful eating room lies not in one particular style or layout, but varies according to the size of your family and its age span whether you entertain a lot, and also according to the physical limitations of your home. The concept of a separate, formal dining room is redundant in many homes today replaced by areas for eating in another room - or more than one, perhaps. The kitchen, living room, hall, possibly a bedroom, all offer potential eating spaces and, even in temperate climates, the garden or balcony is a seasonal option. Replacements for a self-contained eating room need not be second best, but ingenious solutions in their own right. The eating room always needs to be near the kitchen, but being hidebound by conventions may unnecessarily limit your choices. The checklist should help you realize the potential eating rooms in your house, help you improve the one you have or plan a new one, and clarify what is important about a space for eating in.

The ideal eating room could double as a playroom, study or private gallery, to display pictures or collections of small-scale objects, or it can be a haven for plants. The functional aspects need not preclude the exuberant or the frivolous: a successful eating room can be a showcase for your creativity and ingenuity, in both food and design.

• Why do you eat where you do?
• Could you eat elsewhere?
• Is it possible to eat outside in comfort?
• What do you like/dislike about your eating area?
• How many people usually eat in this area?
• Can the area be extended to accommodate a larger number of people?
• How often is it used, and for how long? • When is it most often in use: • breakfast? daylight? lunch-time? evening?
Is the space self-contained? • Is it used for other purposes?
• Do you want continuity or separation between kitchen and dining areas?
• Do you need to integrate or isolate the eating area from the rest of the room it is in?
• Is there easy access to the kitchen?
• Is it easy to ferry food, cutlery and dishes between the table and the kitchen?
• Is the space easily maintained?
• Is it always on view, or in continual use?
• Is it subjected to a lot of wear and tear?
• What priority does the eating area have compared with other rooms? • How much are you prepared to spend on it? • How do you envisage your ideal eating area?

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