|There's so much available space to make|
this room more useful and attractive!
Let’s begin by adding a library to your list of uses for your dining room. Beginning with the table, select an extension table that when closed, comfortably fits 6-8, preferably rectangle. Hang an appropriately sized, simple chandelier above the table with a clearance of 30”-36”. The reason I specify ‘appropriately’ and ‘simple’ is because you’re going to drill two holes in the table to feed cords for reading/task lamps. This is the foundation for creating the library atmosphere. You’ll need to install floor sockets beneath the table to eliminate unsightly cords. The lamps can be removed, and the holes covered with cloths when you’re using the room to dine.
Place four chairs around the table. Buy additional folding chairs for entertaining. There are some exquisite folding chairs that can readily match your dining chairs, and few will notice the difference. The library table is now suitable for homework and business meetings.
Finally, in one or two corners of the room, add a comfortable side chair with a small table and floor lamp for reading, or for seating guests. A great wing chair can serve double duty as a dining chair.