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Tips on setting up the dining room

The dining area is usually the focal point of a home. It’s the heart of any party or get-together. When not entertaining, it is an informal spot for the entire family to come together – a place for good food and familial bonding over memorable conversations. Therefore, the room layout should be welcoming, warm, functional, and encourage interaction. Let’s understand some vital aspects of a well-designed dining room:

Open, closed or semi-open

In traditional Indian homes, the dining table was housed in a separate room for privacy. However, considering the compact sizes of urban dwellings and open-plan layouts, most homes have a fluid or connected dining area. At Alankaram’s online furniture store, one can pick from various kinds of partitions that segregate the dining space without any architectural changes. For example, the Udiv partition unit has storage for dinnerware. For a more subtle look, one can go for the Dela screen divider, which is made of rattan and ideal for warmer days.


When planning the dining room, think about the purpose and intent of the space. Is it just for formal gatherings, or would you use it daily? Furniture stores offer plenty of choices for both. At Alankaram, we have bespoke dining room furniture to meet different needs — from cosy 4-seaters to 24-seaters; we have it all. Also, consider which works best for the layout –  a stone tabletop such as the Dolgu or wooden dining table design like the Fusi. Beyond this, one should also work out if they need storage in the area. For example, should a console or a cabinet be added to store and display dinnerware? Most Indian homes have an adjoining basin or hand-washing space around the same.

Before picking up the furniture, do check the following to ensure a smooth thoroughfare:

  • Room width
  • Room length
  • Table shape
  • Table size
  • Chair type
  • Chair size
  • Cabinet type (sideboard or hutch)
  • Cabinet size
  • Circulation clearances

Design scheme

The design scheme includes the dining room layout, the kind of lighting you want, the colour palette, etc. For instance, a sleek rectangle or round modern dining table set looks best when paired with pendant lamps or complementing lights. The colour palette may range from dramatic to subtle depending on the lighting. Similarly, traditional dining rooms may have carved tables with marble tabletops. Ornate chandeliers, rich upholstery and furnishing can create a cohesive look. Alongside, the dining room can give continuity to the living space and create a seamless feeling between the two.

The dining room offers the perfect opportunity to use interesting textures and surfaces on the floor, table, wall and ceiling. For example, anchor the seating arrangement with rugs or let the gaze naturally travel upwards with an accent wall. These tips can help set up a dining room that reflects the homeowners’ personality.

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