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Essential Dining Room Furniture

Your dining room is where people can come together to eat and spend quality time at the end of the day or for bright and lively coffee mornings with friends. Because it’s often bustling with activity, it’s important to figure out if you have all the furniture you need to keep it functional.

Our quick guide on the essentials should help you easily kit your dining room.

Dining Table

The dining table will be the most crucial feature of your dining room, being the centrepiece of the room, where food is served and conversation flows. You might even choose to work here when needed, so it’s essential to get the right one – rectangular tables offer a classic feel with plenty of tabletop space, whilst oval and circular tables are suitable for smaller rooms. If you don’t like having a traditional table, you might want to consider a breakfast bar or an island. For more inspiration on buying the perfect table, browse our helpful article here.

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Dining Chairs

If you’ve got a dining table, the next step will be getting chairs to coordinate. Some tables include chairs as standard, but you can also pick different styles or colours to create a modern and eclectic feel. Fabric chairs create a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, whilst faux leather, leather, and bar stools are sleek and contemporary. However, you might decide that rustic wooden chairs or dining benches are more suited to your space. Whichever style you pick, ensure you’ll be happy to sit in the chair for a few hours, especially if you like to host dinner parties or use the dining space as an office.

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Sideboards / Display Cabinets

Extra storage in your dining room is perfect for overflow cutlery and crockery that don’t fit in your kitchen. You can use your sideboard or display cabinet to store your posh plates or use the handy cupboard space to house tablecloths, placemats, and other decorative items. These storage options help make your area feel more organised and offer additional tabletop or shelf space for ornaments and candles that fit your décor, creating a harmonious and homely atmosphere.

Kitchen Trolley

A kitchen trolley is a brilliant idea for versatile additional storage. These trolleys are usually on wheels for easy manoeuvrability and are perfect for drinks and cocktail sets. They can also be used for extra crockery and are a great place to put your condiments and salt and pepper shakers, so you don’t need to traipse back into the kitchen to grab your sauces for the table. Some trolleys also have space for kitchen roll and tea towels for spillages, so consider what kind of kitchen trolley would suit your space.


No dining room is complete without a few accessories to help bring all your furniture pieces together. For example, a rug under your dining table will create a warm and inviting feel whilst sectioning off dining and storage areas. But if you prefer the look of a bare floor, or have kids, and maintaining a rug in the dining room is too much, then consider softening your space with tablecloths and placemats.

There are no rules when accessorising the dining room. If you want a dramatic look, then large faux flowers would be an effective choice as a centrepiece or as part of your console table décor. Candles create a subtle and romantic feel, whilst photo frames and wall art can highlight a familial theme. However you like to style your home, we have plenty of home furnishings to give you the perfect look.

For more inspiration for the dining room, browse the articles below or check out our complete Dining Room collection.

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