Are We Done with Dining Rooms?

Beth Rice 05/04/2018

The popularity of the formal dining room is on the decline, as families are more content to eat and gather together in more casual ways. With conflicting schedules leaving many dining at different times, more homeowners are growing impatient with dining rooms taking up space. Elaborate kitchen islands, outdoor deck tables and living room coffee tables are becoming go-to spots for dining, socializing and entertaining, while the old formal dining room space is being put to new use.

 Amish Carrboro Mission Kitchen Island with Extending Table

As families rely on the kitchen more than ever before, kitchen islands like the Amish Carrboro Mission Kitchen Island with Extending Table are growing in popularity.

What’s moving into old dining room spaces? Amish furniture is ready to take on new tasks in repurposed formal dining rooms.


IN:  Pool Tables or Game Tables                              OUT:  Traditional Dining Table

The family den is bringing in the game tables and removing traditional dining table sets. Add a few cozy armchairs and a bookcase and you’re set up with a place to relax and entertain. The kids will have room to play board games or work on homework. An entertainment center or TV stand with storage for media keeps movies, music and video games easily accessible.

Amish Handcrafted Allendale Game Table Amish Handcrafted Shaker Hill Pool Table

Game tables like the Allendale Game Table and the Amish Handcrafted Shaker Hill Pool Table are replacing dining room sets.

Amish Kaitlyn TV Stand  Amish Boulder Creek Hutch Entertainment Center

The Amish Kaitlyn TV Stand or the Amish Boulder Creek Entertainment Center are perfect for housing media, games and puzzles.


IN:  Day Bed or Murphy Bed                                  OUT:  Fancy Chandelier

The guest suite adds a convertible bedroom that can house a guest comfortably for an overnight stay. Add a day bed with or without storage for both sleeping and sitting. A hutch can remain for storing linens.

Amish Spindle Day Bed Amish Country Shaker Hutch

The Amish Spindle Day Bed and the Amish Country Shaker Hutch add just the right furniture to convert the dining room to a guest suite.


IN: Writing Desks                         OUT:  Formal Wallpaper

A great space for a home office, formal wallpaper can be removed in favor of a new neutral color for the walls. Adding a writing desk and chair creates a space for managing records or for kids to do homework. Office storage provides space for keeping records organized.

Amish Beckman Writing Desk Amish Whiteridge Mission Writing Desk

The Solid Wood X-base Writing Desk or the Whiteridge Mission Writing Desk set the stage for a new cozy home office.



Many prefer to hang on to the dining room to eat in on special occasions. Keep the dining room table and put it to new use as a work table for projects or a craft table for the families’ favorite hobbies. Craft supplies, games and puzzles can be stored in a hutch with the shelves providing room for stereo equipment or a library of books.

Amish Rectangular Drop Leaf TableAmish Primitive Pine Bookcase with Hutch

The Amish Rectangular Drop Leaf Table converts easily for dinners in the dining room, while there’s plenty of storage in the Amish Primitive Pine Bookcase with Hutch (no longer available). Similar product here.

Deciding on a new purpose for your dining room space is made easy with the right Amish furniture to fit your lifestyle.

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