Dining room design should include dining room storage; a dining room hutch, dining room sideboard, corner dining room cabinet, shelving, maybe a buffet or dining room server to display and feature items, as well as keep your dining room organized.
Here are dining room ideas for small to medium sized dining rooms. Let’s start with traditional storage, then move to the more inventive DIY storage ideas.
A dining room buffet cabinet or china cabinet is traditional storage. It will safely store all your special-occasion items and have them clean and ready to use. It also gives you serving space; which is great if if you have a small home and keeps you close to guests at all times. The glamor of a decorative or antique piece is that it is more than storage – it ‘s a beautiful piece of furniture and a feature for your room.
One Kings Lane – Hudson Buffet
The first decision you must make is; do you want a feature piece?
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Equally impressive is narrow cabinet, or built-in dining room cabinets, with doors, all painted the same color to blend in with the walls. This is perfect when decorating a dining room that is small, if you want to hide storage or you make the room feel bigger. Add shelving and you have a perfect dining room storage, serving and display unit.
If you don’t want a feature piece; how can you create storage that looks part of the room?
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The built-in dining room cabinet above, behind the dining set has glass doors and two sets of closed storage. Painting this dining room china cabinet the same color as the french doors, and door frames, makes the room feel bigger.
Replacing your hutch and buffet with a built-in, usually means more storage space for glassware, linens and dishes.You can create your own, filling the entire wall with a combination of book cases with doors and different depths, to create a serving area. Ikea is perfect for this kind of piece but there are many other – less expensive ways to get storage.
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If built-ins are out of the question, consider the cabinet above, painted French gray linen. By painting the cabinet a muted color, it blends beautifully with the room and color scheme, while storing and displaying items, keeping them dust free and clean. The piece alone is not expensive, but distressing and aging and new hardware will make a piece like this sing. So, even if a piece is new – in pine – you can create something very special for your dining room.
Small dining rooms need storage solutions that are clever and easy to use. Dining room bench storage, doubling up as a window seat, adds seating and storage while saving precious space. Create your bench space around your room, under your windows or between your window to create a reading nook. These areas are functional and fun.
Turn the top of your dining room cabinet or shelf into a feature by styling it. Adding one or two precious pieces on top of a buffet, or a serving surface, can transform it into a focal point. Add a large vase with flowers, tall candle holders or tall object to give the shelf interest and height.
Open shelving often means stacking items, placing some at the back, difficult to use and store. This solution, an open buffet from HGTV Green Home 2008 is practical and stylish.
One Kings Lane – Bryn Storage Buffet – $539
Open wire and woven baskets in different shapes and sizes, make it easy to see plates and dishes and hide other items, while keeping them easy to access.
If you prefer your dining room storage furniture to be hidden, this custom storage cabinet is for you. The built-in cabinet has a coat closet, AV equipment with enough room for plates, dishes and serving equipment. An equally clever but less spectacular storage idea is the one below.
Additional storage is created in the wall between dining room and kitchen; one side used a pantry for the adjoining kitchen holding spices, and the other side holding glasses.
Wall-mounted cabinets and narrow display shelves work well in dining rooms. They keep the room open and feeling larger, without heavy furniture taking up floor space. A few select key pieces on your shelves leave the area uncluttered and create a room feature.
Wall-mounted shelves are less common than dining room buffets and cabinets but they work well when decorated with your best china and creamy ceramic-ware. When styled well, this becomes the main room feature, as well as functioning as storage.
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Adding shelves, similar color to the cabinet below, is a great idea; storing glasses under the shelves and making the top sides display areas. This is an inexpensive way to create an area that looks like a unified unit – just by adding similar colored shelves.
Tall bookcases, or bookshelves, in a dining room, work as a multifunctional storage area. Add baskets to keep some items from view, and leave some shelving areas empty, so shelves look uncluttered. Adding decorative pieces to some empty areas relieves large blocks of books.
Open storage solutions, like bookcases or shelves means books can site along side dishes and favorite pieces. You can place two tall, thin bookcases on either side of a window or door, or mix it up with shelving and cabinets like the room above.
Like floating shelves, a floating storage buffet makes the room appear larger by keeping the floor space clear. This solution is not as expensive as it sounds. You might need two, depending on the size of your wall – there are different colors and sizes too.
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You can get custom made furniture or create a piece like this Ikea Hack below. Baskets is a great way to hide, move and keep things sorted.
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