I think I’ve talked about this before but we are TIGHT on space in our little DC town home. We live in a great area where almost everything is within walking distance of our house. Restaurants, parks, stores, the metro, etc. Because of this, real estate is super expensive and square footage is limited.
This leads me to today’s topic, multifunctional rooms. We have three main rooms downstairs; the kitchen, living room and dining room. Our dining room may be the best candidate for a multipurpose room… I love having a dining room to entertain when we have people over, but my husband and I are very guilty of having dinner on the sofa when it’s just the two of us. I know, I know… but when are we supposed to catch up on Lost?
A major space that we are missing in our home is an office.
So, this is what I am thinking, turn our dining room into a multifunctional dining room/ office. I don’t want to lose any space to entertain but I would also like to create a space where we can get our work done.
This first dining room from designer Chris Barrett’s Los Angeles bungalow is beautiful.
Aren’t the builtins beautiful? They are so perfectly styled and I love how they frame the bench. You can picture entertaining in this space but you can also see how this functions well as a work space. I love the overall style of this room. Traditional meets eclectic, meets rustic but still feminine.
I think I just love builtins by a dining table…
I couldn’t find the source of this image on Pinterest, please let me know if you know who it’s by!
Blogger, Emily Clark, also went with builtins in the dining room. Here is her dining room in ” office mode”.
Take away the computer and add some chairs… and tada! You have a dining room.
We are in a rental home, so the only way to achieve the builtin look is from bookcases. Here are some bookshelves behind the dining table instead of builtins…
This dining room is by HGTV designer Genevieve Gorder. You can see how this dining room would easily function as both a dining room and office. I also like the small desk placement in this room.
The desk in this next dining room is disguised as a hutch.
Clever, right? Real Simple Magazine created this space to, “make the space more functional as an office while reclaiming it’s role as a place to eat and entertain.”
Here’s another built in. This one is a built in desk behind the kitchen table at the Seinfeld’s Hampton home. You can tell this space is actually lived in and used daily.
What do you think? Do you like the desk in the dining room or do you prefer the dining room table as the desk?
Builtins are a great option if you are looking for your dining room to function as an office. Since this isn’t an option for us in our rental, I will have to think of creative ways to get the built in look in our dining room space!