5. Double-duty dining room furniture ideas
If your dining room gets used for homework or even as an everyday workspace or occasional guest room, furnishing it appropriately requires some thought. You still need a dining table and dining chairs, but think about adding pieces that optimise space for other purposes and don’t look out of place in a dining setting. So, if your dining room is also your home office, opt for a neat bureau or writing desk with hidden storage and a drop-down front that doubles as a laptop desk. You may even be able to find one that coordinates with your bookcases, sideboards and other storage.
And talking of sideboards, remember that these useful and stylish storage pieces aren’t just for serving dishes and salad spoons. Their shelves are a great place to stack board games, and the drawers, especially those with cutlery dividers, help keep pens, pencils and other small stationery items neatly contained. Need to make space for an overnight guest? How about a single sofa bed? Also known as a chair bed, this stylish and versatile piece looks just like a comfy armchair – but then quickly converts to a single bed.
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