A Dining room is used by the family primarily for having meals. This activity involves Setting the table, Serving the food, Eating, Cleaning up after meals, Storing cutlery and crockery.
In addition, very often, the Dining room is also used for other activities like a Children’s play area or place for study and homework, Reading, Writing, Entertainment, Board Games, Sewing, Watching TV and Ironing clothes.
The normal pieces of furniture used in a Dining room include the following:
The minimum width along the perimeter of the table, needed for each place setting is 1’9″. A width of 2’0 is more comfortable. This allows chairs of size 1’6″ to be placed at least 6″apart. However a width of upto 2’5″ is desirable for greater freedom to allow elbow extension etc.
The minimum width of a Dining table is 3’0″,3’8″ is preferred. The size of a dining table depends on the number of place settings which is based on the number of family members and the number of guests who are entertained. As a thumb of rule, you can have a dining table to seat 2 persons more than the number of people in your family. For example, in a 4 person house, you can have a 6 seater table, in a 6 person house, a table for 8 persons can be used and so on. The minimum dining table sizes are listed below:
In most houses, around 21′ to 30′ linear length of shelf space is required for displaying and storing crockery, cutlery, glasses, cups and saucers, etc for everyday use and guest use. The shelves can be fixed within the sideboard and the crockery cabinet.
Adequate clearances should be provided around the dining table to allow for the efficient and comfortable use of the Dining room. In some cases, greater clearances are required to accommodate the needs of elderly people with wheelchairs etc. The following minimum clearances from the edge of the table should be observed:
There are two ways of arranging the main furniture namely the dining table and the sideboard/crockery cabinet/buffet table in the Dining room:
When the width of the Dining room has to be less, one cannot keep the sideboard alongside the dining table, along the width of the room, but it has to be kept at the end of the room. In this case the length of the room will be more.
When the width can be more, then one can have the sideboard alongside the dining table along the width of the room. In this case, the length of the room can be reduced.
Keeping in mind, the number of people seated at a dining table, the recommended sizes for a comfortable Dining room are:
The Dining room is the space where the family sits together to have a meal and where guests are entertained. The Location of a Dining room depends on factors like proximity to the Living room, the Kitchen, wash basin, other rooms, etc. For Vastu tips on the best location for a Dining Room in a house, go to: