How to Use a Sofa in a Dining Room


In the past, walls sectioned off the rooms in our homes creating separate, one-function areas. A dining room or living room was often quite formal and private. However, multitasking has become an important part of our everyday lives and has greatly affected the layout of our homes. Open concept spaces encourage casual interaction between the family and demand multifunctional rooms where many tasks can be done at one time.

Things You'll Need

  • Sofa
  • Rectangular dining table
  • Dining chairs
  • Side table, optional
  • Coffee table, optional
  • Table with adjustable height
  • Arrange a small seating area adjacent to the dining table in a large or open-concept dining space. Position the sofa in a corner or against a wall with a side table that is perfect for enjoying cocktails and appetizers before dinner. This layout creates a smooth transition to the dining table for dinner.

  • Add a coffee table in front of a sofa to create a child-size dining area. The table will be close enough to the adults but still allow for a separate area for young guests or family members.

  • Place a height-adjustable table in a smaller space for special occasions or dinner parties. Kitchens in smaller homes, such as a condo or apartment, often incorporate counter seating at a peninsula or island and a designated dining area is not always needed. Keep the table at 18 to 20 inches to use as a coffee table in front of a sofa for everyday use; raise it to 30 inches for an instant dining table.

  • Place a small-scale sofa on one side of a dining table instead of dining chairs. Similar to a dining bench, a sofa can provide comfortable seating at a dining room table. Use this idea in a more casual setting; it suits an open-concept space as opposed to a traditional dining room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a sofa instead of dining chairs with a square or rectangular dining table. Ensure that the sofa is the equivalent size to one side of the dining table or smaller for a comfortable fit.

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