Create a cosy dining area, whether one that’s in your kitchen or a separate dining room, with the essential pieces to enjoy mealtimes and to store your dining equipment. Choose casual designs for large, informal family meals, quirky designs that suit a couple or formal designs for more upmarket entertaining. We have a vast range of dining and kitchen tables and dining room chairs at west elm, as well as cabinets, sideboards and bar carts.
A dining table is the focal point of the dining area so choose the style that perfectly complements the room’s decor. Consider the material, such as chunky reclaimed wood or shaped metal legs with a glass top, and the practicality of each one. For example, a folding table stores discreetly in the corner of a room while an expandable table accommodates extra guests with ease. Be different with a lazy Susan table that lets you swivel the dishes and condiments around in the middle between you and your guests.
Pair your table with suitable dining room chairs. Small dining tables designed for two are ideally paired with stools while long tables go well with benches that seat numerous people. Alternatively, go for individual chairs so each guest has their own seat. Match the chair design to the table or go for a complete contrast to stand out. With young kids, lacquered chairs wipe clean easily when spillages occur. For more comfortable seating, opt for upholstered chairs with padded seats.
Keep all your dining essentials conveniently stored in a dining sideboard. Cutlery and linens stay organised in the drawers while larger items, such as dinnerware, are close at hand in the cabinets. This makes it easy to carry them to the table and keeps everything stored neatly together when not in use. Don’t forget to utilise the space on top too with the addition of a vase of flowers, unique ornaments or even a flat-screen television in an informal setting. Consider the dining room lighting to enhance the ambience. A lamp on top of the sideboard or a floor lamp next to it provides accented lighting.
A display cabinet highlights your decorative ornaments, family photographs and gives you space to store your books. It also provides extra space to display your glassware and special dinnerware. Long cabinets provide extra room on top to place more items while tall cabinets take up less floor space.
For regular entertaining, you can’t go wrong with a bar cabinet to store your stemware and bottles. Mingle with your guests and serve drinks from a stylish bar cart. This is sure to be a hit at any party.