Designing the Perfect Dining Room

Whether you’re building your new dream home or renovating your current one, try these tips for designing the perfect dining room. There’s a lot more to it than you might think! By following this easy guide, you can have that top-notch entertainment space you’ve always dreamed of. No matter the size of your house, these ideas can be incorporated into virtually any dining area!

House Plan 7379: 3,497 Square Foot, 5 Bed, 3.1 Bath Modern Farmhouse with Open Dining Room and Wine Cellar

To help visualize what some of the best dining room spaces look like, we’ve included a few featured home plans. As a team of industry experts, we are here to help you find the house plan of your dreams, so let us know what you’re looking for. Browse through our designs and you’ll see why builders and consumers alike come to us for residential blueprints. As an added bonus, we include recommended finishes as part of our America’s Choice House Plans, so be sure to check out this collection if you need some inspiration!

Whether you’re just browsing, looking to buy and build, or want to upgrade what you have, we are here for you. Let our team know how we can help!

Visualize Your Space Before Picking Features

With any home build, it’s important to know what you are working with before you start making selections. You may really want a bar or a butler’s pantry, but your current dining space might be limited. Just as it’s important to have your lot before looking at home plans, we recommend getting a feel for your dining area before choosing additions.

While many sites might only give you access to a few rough drawings, we are different. Try our brand-new virtual walkthrough of THD-8866 to see how we make it easy to visualize the possibilities! We offer tons of homes with actual photos, too. Provided by designers and past customers, these pictures give you a better idea of what the finished home will look like. You can check out some of our favorite house plans with photos below—see for yourself how each one took a unique approach to designing the perfect dining room!

Make a List and Check It Twice

When designing the perfect dining room, you might have a few ideas of what you do or don’t want. But there are so possibilities out there, some you might not have ever thought of before! Here are just a few of the ideas that we’ve helped customers add:

  • A nearby prep kitchen to keep the main kitchen less cluttered
  • A wet bar and/or wine cellar adjacent or nearby
  • Built-in storage to show off fine china, silver, etc.
  • A butler’s pantry for easy access to condiments, sides, and hors d’oeuvres
  • A nearby coat closet and bathroom for guests

While the options are virtually endless, the key thing is to have an open mind. You don’t know what you do or don’t want until you see it! That’s why we recommend you get outside your comfort zone when designing the perfect dining room. Try our Advanced Search and sort through thousands of homes of all different shapes, sizes, and styles. As you go through them all, note what you like and dislike about each one. What features do you need? And which ones would you like if the budget allows?

House Plan 9107: 2,140 Square Foot, 3 Bed, 3 Bath Ranch with a Traditional Dining Room with a Tray Ceiling

Even those who don’t prefer modern homes can find some neat features to consider by looking through one. It’s important not to limit your search or scope. Remember, we are looking for features to help us design your perfect dining room. We can help customize the entire plan to be as unique as you and your family’s needs are.

Think: “What Will I Primarily Use This Space For?”

No two families use their dining room the same. For some, it will be a bustling place that hosts every family get-together and holiday for years to come. For others, it will be more of a show space, presenting a formal feel complete with ornate art or china. And still for others, the dining room might be more of a utility space where you and the kids gather for homework and family dinners every night. Regardless of your needs, we can design a space to suit them all!

House Plan 5311: 4,600 Square Foot, 4 Bed, 3.1 Bath Contemporary Home with Formal Dining Including a Wet Bar and a Plant Shelf

It’s important to identify what you actually need when designing the perfect dining room. If you aren’t a huge entertainer, then maybe you’d like to shrink the dining room space and add square footage somewhere like the living room or kitchen. But if hosting dinner parties is your thing, then perhaps we should consider expanding the space to accommodate a larger table. It’s important to consider your goal with not only your dining room, but with every space in your house. Knowing what you want and need can help us optimize every square foot to be perfect for you!

We hope you have enjoyed these tips for designing the perfect dining room. Remember, the only limit is your imagination, so go explore some different plans and let us know what you like. And who know? You might just find your dream home in the process! Happy hunting.

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Christine has over a decade of experience as a house plan and floor plan expert. Outside of providing her expertise to customers to help them find and build their dream homes, her passion and knowledge of the home building industry allows Christine to guide families and builders through all of the important steps from finding plans to building custom homes that meet the expectations of today’s new home owner. Christine’s years of knowledge of the diverse trends and needs of the modern homeowner has made her into an authoritative and trusted voice in the online house plan community.

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