Space - most of us wish we had a bit more of it. If you’re lucky enough to have an enormous kitchen then picking the right spot for the dining set is more a question of taste than practicality. But even if your room won’t accommodate a banqueting table, there are a few tricks that will let you throw a dinner party without dining furniture taking over your life.
An extending table is the superhero of flexible dining. Because it can shrink, you can put it in a more prominent position in the room without it being overwhelming, and when a big Sunday lunch comes up, just drop in the extra leaves, and watch aunts and uncles marvel at the elbow room.
If your layout is open-plan, positioning the dining table between the cooking and lounge spaces creates a natural transition from the frenetic kitchen to the chilled-out sofas.
If your room’s small, and there’s no place for a table other than in the corner, make that corner the cosiest place to be. A cute bar table with some padded stools, or a small table and a corner bench stuffed with fluffy cushions, will have everyone fighting to sit there.