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How to Choose a Rug That’s Perfect for Your Space

Featured Image: Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Paramount Black Area Rug From The RoomPlace

If you’ve been feeling like something is missing from your living room, bedroom or dining room décor, an area rug might be the answer. A well-chosen area rug that coordinates with your furniture and décor can elevate the space and bring your room’s design together. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right area rug for any room:

1. Size & Shape

While the appearance and style of a rug may be your top priority, it’s also  important to consider size. The size of an area rug has a big impact on how large the room appears and how balanced it feels. The most common area rug sizes are 5×8, 8×10 and 9×12 feet. Here are some rug sizing tricks to help you choose the best size for your space:

  • Larger rugs can help make the room appear bigger.
  • Keep at least 18 inches of floor exposed at the edges of the rug. This helps ensure the room appears large, but still open and not cramped.
  • A 5×8 rug is a good choice for under the coffee table in your living room, or for an entryway. You can also use it in a bedroom, with some of the rug positioned under the end of the bed and the rest exposed.

    Celine Area Rug (8'X10') From The RoomPlace
    Image: Celine Area Rug (8’X10′) From The RoomPlace
  • An 8×10 rug also makes a great living room area rug. Place it under the coffee table and arrange the furniture so that the front legs of the sofa and chairs are on the rug.
  • A 9×12 rug works beautifully in most spaces, assuming the room is large enough (remember, leave 18 inches around the edges of the rug). In a living area, usually all the living room furniture can be placed on it. In the dining room, where you want all legs of the dining chairs to sit on the rug even when the chairs are pulled out, a 9×12 is generally perfect. As a bedroom area rug, this size can be placed horizontally under the bed and nightstands with room to spare.
  • A 12×15 rug or larger is well-suited for extra-large rooms.
  • Round rugs are ideal for use in entryways, beneath round dining room tables, or for certain living room furniture arrangements (such as those with round coffee tables or circular setups).

2. Color

  • If you’re struggling to decide what color area rug to choose, consider these general guidelines:
  • If your sofa and chairs are a solid color, choose a patterned rug that features that color or colors in the same family.
  • If your furniture is patterned or especially bold, opt for a neutral rug that will complement rather than compete.
  • For dark furniture, choose a lighter rug color to keep the space looking open
  • If your walls, furniture and décor are generally neutral, you can add a splash of color with a bold rug.
Image: Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Surya Mystique Blue Area Rug From The RoomPlace

3. Texture

Regardless of the design style you chose for your home, an element of texture is essential. Home accents like area rugs are a great way to add visual texture and contrast to your room. Here are a few beautiful ideas to consider:

  • Hand-Woven: Unique textile rugs with a hand-crafted look can add a rustic or sophisticated aesthetic, depending on what style you’re looking for. We like the Surya Tahoe Area Rug for its striking texture.
  • Faux Fur: Faux fur rugs are perfect for adding texture and comfort to your room. This Linon White Faux Sheepskin Area Rug is a gorgeous complement to many popular design styles, including mid-century modern and farmhouse chic.
  • Shag: Shaggy rugs are back in style, thanks to their unmistakable texture and softness underfoot. The Celine Area Rug adds a unique luster and comfort to your floor.

 

 

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How to Design a Kid-Friendly Yet Stylish Bedroom

Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Bunk Bed with Staircase From The RoomPlace

When it comes to designing and decorating a child’s bedroom, the process is somewhat of a balancing act for many parents. You want your kid to enjoy their bedroom and have some say in its design, but you also want the end result to be stylish, practical and complementary to the rest of your home. So how do you compromise?

To take some of the difficulty out of the process, we’ve come up with a few tips. Here are a few creative ways you can ensure your child’s bedroom design is both kid-friendly and objectively stylish:

Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace
Image: Catalina White Twin/Full Bunk Bed From the RoomPlace

Choosing the Right Bed

If you’re looking for a practical, space-saving bed solution and your kids want to keep their room fun, bunk beds are the clear answer. Kids bunk bed sets are perfect for siblings who share a room, and they help preserve limited floor space in smaller rooms. A daybed with trundle offers similar functionality, with kid-friendly comfort and adult-approved style.

Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace
Image: Donovan Brown 3 Pc. Daybed With Twin Trundle From The RoomPlace

If your kid has their own room, contemporary bedroom sets with coordinating furniture will keep the room looking stylish and modern. Loft beds are another option that older kids and teenagers are sure to appreciate, too.

Compromising on Wall Colors

Sometimes, kids want to paint their bedroom walls in colors that aren’t so easy on the eyes. And few children are likely to ask for a trendy hue like “greige.” To keep their room stylish and to avoid re-painting every year when their tastes change, here are a few suggestions on how to compromise:

  • Alternative Shades: Find a few still-colorful paints that are toned-down versions of what your child wants. If your little one requests neon pink walls, suggest light coral or blush.
  • Accent Wall: If you want white walls and your kid wants yellow, consider using the colorful hue on just one of the room’s walls. This can help tone down the boldness, keep kiddo happy and make it much easier to re-paint in the future.
  • Creative Décor: You choose the wall color, while giving your child creative freedom over temporary décor like wall decals and art.
 Daisy Doodle Kid's Recliner From The RoomPlace
Image: Daisy Doodle Kid’s Recliner From The RoomPlace

Adding a Touch of Fun

Opting for stylish, practical wall colors and bed sets doesn’t mean your kid can’t enjoy their bedroom and make it theirs. Keep it kid-friendly by including design elements that infuse the space with personality and fun. From kid-size recliners and chairs to brightly colored nightstands, let your little one, tween or teen have some creative direction over the furniture and décor in their bedroom. Let them show their personality with bedding, wall art and decorations that they’ve picked out themselves.

With these tips and ideas, you can be well on your way to designing a bedroom that’s as stylish as it is kid-friendly.

 

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5 Colorful Living Room Sets We Love

Mars Red 3 Pc. Living Room From the RoomPlace
Featured Image: Mars Red 3 Pc. Living Room From the RoomPlace

Whether your home décor is warm and traditional, sleek and contemporary or something in between, a pop of color in your living room can make your space stand out. Here are 5 of our favorite colorful living room sets, along with some ideas for incorporating them into your home in a stylish way.

Casino Red 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace
Image: Casino Red 3 Pc. Living Room from The RoomPlace

1. Bold Red Living Room

Make an impact with vibrant red hues that can work with virtually any living room design style. The Mars Red living room set is striking as well as practical, channeling a trendy, mid-century modern look. Casino Red adds visual texture and a sense of luxury to your space. If you’d prefer to add just a splash of color, pair your neutral living room set with a bold red loveseat or a red area rug.

Lotus Salsa 3 Pc. Power Sectional From The RoomPlace
Image: Lotus Salsa 3 Pc. Power Sectional From The RoomPlace

2. Leather Sectional

The epitome of modern comfort, a leather sectional set helps your living room feel warm, spacious and inviting. Whether you have a big family that needs the luxury of a wraparound couch or you’d like a more compact sectional, find a style that suits the shape and size of your living area. Black leather sectionals are becoming increasingly popular, and they’re perfect for adding a touch of drama and contrast to a lighter colored living room design.

Image: Heritage Blue Loveseat From The RoomPlace
Image: Heritage Blue Loveseat From The RoomPlace

3. Blue Living Room Sets

From soft blue to deep navy, blue is a top trending color for living room sets this year. A navy loveseat is the perfect accent to a white, beige or earth-toned sofa. Whether you want to give your space a chic, nautical vibe or a clean, modern aesthetic, a striking blue color can be the answer.

Clive White Chair From The RoomPlace
Image: Clive White Chair From The RoomPlace

4. Statement Accent Chairs

No matter what interior design style you’ve chosen for your home, from traditional to farmhouse-inspired to industrial or mid-century modern, there’s no better way to capture the essence of that style than with living room accent chairs that make a statement. An antique-style armchair can bring an essential element of charm to your mid-century living space. A boldly patterned chair can liven up a monochromatic room. A sleek white chair with a striking profile could be the final touch your minimalist living room needed.

Lanzo 2 Pc. Red Living Room From The RoomPlace
Image: Lanzo 2 Pc. Red Living Room From The RoomPlace

5. Two-Toned Living Room Sets

For a truly unique look that blends bright colors with traditional styles, two-toned living room sets like this Lanzo design are rising in popularity. With a designer feel and upscale styling, a two-toned set allows you to enjoy the fun of bright colors with the luxury of traditional designs.

We hope one (or more) of these colorful living room sets have inspired you to add a splash of color in your living room design and décor.

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Top 3 Interior Design Styles for a Contemporary Dining Room

Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Caroline 5 Piece Upholstered Dining Room From The RoomPlace

Planning to remodel or redecorate your dining room? Let’s take a look at three of the most trendy interior design styles—Mid-Century Modern, Contemporary Farmhouse and Industrial—and how to incorporate them into your dining area.

1. Mid-Century Modern

Even if you’ve never heard the term “mid-century modern,” chances are you’ve seen countless examples of this timeless and popular design style. A movement that captures the mood and influences of the late-1930s to mid-60s, the mid-century modern look is characterized by several important features:

  • Functionality before form
  • An uncluttered look with minimal ornamentation
  • Sleek, clean lines
  • Organic forms and geometric patterns
  • Juxtaposition of contrasting materials, textures and colors
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Brinnon Gray 4 Piece Dining Chair Set From The RoomPlace

To find the perfect mid-century modern dining room set, look for a sleek, simple, neutral table with chairs that are organically shaped and retro-inspired. Avoid chairs that have a multitude of slats or leg supports, which can make the space look too busy and cluttered. For a splash of color, choose mismatched end chairs in hues like maroon, blue, mustard yellow or orange to make a bold statement.

Pair your dining room set with a rug that adds contrast, in the form of texture or a geometric pattern. Keep the room and table minimally decorated to avoid visual clutter—a simple vase centerpiece, black-and-white wall art or statement lighting fixture is all you need to bring the space together in mid-century modern style.

Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace
Image: Lorient Bench From The RoomPlace

2. Contemporary Farmhouse

A trend that’s been rising in popularity in recent years, the contemporary farmhouse style is also called contemporary rustic, modern farmhouse, etc. Whatever you call it, the essence of this design style is a light, modern look infused with the warmth and charm of classic farmhouses. Characteristics include:

  • Plenty of wood, in the form of exposed beams, plank floors, paneled walls, barn-style doors, etc.
  • Neutral color schemes, especially white and earth tones
  • Use of natural or rustic elements like stone and brick
  • Emphasis on natural fabrics and textures, such as canvas, burlap, linen and wool

In your contemporary farmhouse dining room, the key is the table you choose. To achieve that rustic look, opt for a large wood dining table—a distressed paint finish can add character, too. For your chairs, get creative with a mix of chunky bench seating, wooden stools and canvas-covered chairs. Light the room with rustic statement fixtures.

Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace
Image: Holton Black 2 Piece Dining Chair Set From the RoomPlace

3. Industrial

Industrial design gives a room a stylishly unfinished look, with utilitarian décor, metal finishes and touches of commercial style. Perfect for a modern home or loft apartment, industrial style brings something raw and functional to a residential space. Key traits include:

  • Exposed construction features like pipes and ductwork
  • An abundance of metallic surfaces and fixtures, from polished stainless steel to cast iron
  • Juxtaposition of other “raw” materials, like wood, concrete and brick
  • Neutral color schemes

An industrial dining room should be a cool, utilitarian space. Metal chairs paired with a wooden table is a popular look, but feel free to mix it up with bench seating, barstools or mismatched chairs. When it comes to lighting, opt for pendant light fixtures with metallic finishes, or even bare bulb style fixtures for a warehouse look.

Whether you’re an admirer of the mid-century modern, contemporary farmhouse or industrial design styles, we hope this guide has given you plenty of inspiration for your upcoming project.

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How to Make Your Bedroom a Relaxing Space

Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Welden 7 Pc. King Bedroom set from The RoomPlace

Your bedroom should be your haven: a calming space where you can sit back, relax and most importantly, enjoy a good night’s sleep. From choosing the right bed to picking the perfect paint color, here are a few ways you can maximize your bedroom’s relaxing qualities.

#1: The Bigger the Bed, the Better

The bed should be the “main event” of your bedroom. And for ultimate relaxation every night, a king bed is the way to go without a doubt. The comfort level and size of your mattress are key to a good night’s sleep. A king bed lets you stretch out to your heart’s desire and provides plenty of space to get comfortable. Pair your new bed with a king bedroom set that brings the whole room together in a cohesive style.

Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Somerset 8 Pc. King Bedroom Set From The RoomPlace

#2: Stick with Soothing Neutrals

When it comes to choosing the perfect color for your bedroom, aim for a hue that feels soothing and calm. Light neutral colors are best—not to mention on-trend—but that doesn’t mean your room has to lack color. A soft gray-blue is a relaxing choice that will keep your bedroom feeling stylish yet comfortable. Warm gray tones are popular as well. In general, you’ll want to avoid harsh colors that are too vibrant or bold, such as scarlet red or bright yellow.

Image: Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace
Tyler 2 Drawer Nightstand From The RoomPlace

#3: Simplify Your Décor

Visual clutter can be the opposite of relaxing. If you walk into your bedroom and it feels overwhelming, cluttered or cramped, it’s time to simplify your décor. Even if you’re not a fan of going completely minimalist, minimizing your bedroom’s decorations and accessories can help transform it into a relaxing, harmonious space.

Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace
Image: Langston Vintage French Chaise From the RoomPlace

Keep it simple by only including furniture that serves a purpose—a dresser, nightstand and cozy chaise lounge, for example—and add a select few pieces of décor to make the room yours. The idea is to ensure that when you’re lying in bed, you aren’t overwhelmed with distractions or busy décor. A great way to avoid this is to hang art and objects on the wall at the head of the bed, where it makes a statement yet remains out of sight when it’s time to sleep.

Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace
Image: Linon Quatrefoil Gray Area Rug From The RoomPlace

#4: Focus on Fabrics 

When selecting fabrics for your bedroom—such as bedding, rugs and curtains—focus on comfort. Choose materials that are inviting and have a sense of warmth, but are also practical. Here are a few tips when shopping for these fabrics:

  • Rugs: When choosing an area rug, your top priority should be how it feels underfoot; there’s nothing comfortable about a hard or scratchy rug.
  • Bedding: Indulge in high-quality sheets and bedding that keep you warm and cozy.
  • Curtains: Thermal blackout curtains help block light and drafts from your windows, keeping your room comfortable.

Any of these tips and ideas will get you off to a great start when designing the ultimate relaxing bedroom.

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4 Entertainment Centers for Small Spaces

Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace

Featured Image:  Manhattan 3 Piece Entertainment Center From The RoomPlace

While some entertainment centers can be on the large side, they certainly do not have to take over your living room. Leave space for seating your guests on those big Game Day gatherings and other events with these ideas for space-conscious entertainment centers that still have plenty of style.

#1: Minimalist Wall Units   

If you like the storage capacity and traditional look of a wall unit entertainment center, you can still get the best of both worlds by choosing a minimalist style. In fact, a wall unit can be great for smaller rooms, since it helps utilize wall space for storage purposes. In general, try to find an entertainment center that uses more vertical space and features a simple, sleek design. Even a minimalist unit, like our Sierra 3 Pc. Entertainment Wall, can become a stylish focal point of your living room.

Sierra 64” TV Stand From The RoomPlace
Image: Sierra 64” TV Stand From The RoomPlace

#2: TV Stands

Smaller entertainment stands are a practical choice for living rooms with limited space. Offering a contemporary look, TV stands often take up less space than wall units while still providing some storage for media and electronics. Look for stands that are 60” wide or smaller so you can preserve your living space as much as possible.

To make your entertainment stand a greater focal point in your living room, consider framing it on either side with shelves or wall décor for an added touch of style.

Monticristo Fireplace From The RoomPlace
Image: Monticristo Fireplace From The RoomPlace

#3: Fireplace Entertainment Stands

For a dual-purpose entertainment center, consider opting for a fireplace that doubles as a TV stand. This option can deliver warmth when you need it, and provides an intimate glow perfect for entertaining or everyday relaxation. Available in a range of sizes, fireplace entertainment centers offer all the storage and functionality of a traditional TV stand with the charming elegance of simulated fire.

LG 60" 4K Super UHD Smart LED TV W/ WebOS™ 3.0 From The RoomPlace
Image: LG 60″ 4K Super UHD Smart LED TV W/ WebOS™ 3.0 From The RoomPlace

#4: Wall-Mounted HDTV

For a truly minimalist look, a simple wall-mounted flat screen television can give your living area a fresh, modern look. If you need additional space to store your electronics and media, try adding a few rows of stylish wall shelving beneath the TV. This arrangement leaves plenty of room for seating and other furniture so you can enjoy your living room to its fullest potential.

Whether you choose a minimalist stand for your TV, a fireplace entertainment center that exudes warmth, or something in between, each of these ideas is perfect for adding both style and function to a small living room.

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Tips for Buying a New Mattress

Tempur-Pedic TEMPER-Cloud Supreme Breeze California King Mattress From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Tempur-Pedic TEMPER-Cloud Supreme Breeze California King Mattress From The RoomPlace

When it’s time to buy a new mattress, making your choice is easier said than done. Faced with a multitude of sizes, types, brands and features, shopping for a new mattress can be overwhelming. Let’s take a look at how to choose the best mattress for your sleep needs.

Choosing the Right Mattress Size

When deciding on a size for your new mattress, take into account the size of your room as well as how much space you and your partner need while sleeping. There are a handful of standard mattress sizes to choose from:

Simmons Beautyrest Silver Sasha Twin Plush Pillow Top Mattress From The RoomPlace
Image: Simmons Beautyrest Silver Sasha Twin Plush Pillow Top Mattress From The RoomPlace
  • Twin: At 39 x 75 inches, this compact Twin mattress is great for kids and can also accommodate a single adult (though the slightly longer Twin XL is a better choice if you’re tall).
Therapedic Majestic Full Firm Low Profile Mattress Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Therapedic Majestic Full Firm Low Profile Mattress Set From The RoomPlace
  • Full: Full mattresses measure 54 x 75 inches. Providing a little more space than a twin, a full can be a good upgrade mattress for a growing teenager or for a guest bedroom. While technically large enough to fit some couples, a full probably won’t provide adequate space for two people to get a good night’s sleep regularly.
Therapedic Chiro-Pedic Queen Firm Mattress From The RoomPlace
Image: Therapedic Chiro-Pedic Queen Firm Mattress From The RoomPlace
  • Queen: The most popular size on the market, a queen size mattress is around 60 x 80 inches in size. This size accommodates most couples and is suitable for most bedrooms.
Simmons BeautyRest Platinum Fairview King Firm Low Profile Mattress Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Simmons BeautyRest Platinum Fairview King Firm Low Profile Mattress Set From The RoomPlace
  • King: If you have the bedroom space, a king size bed is the best choice for a couple. Measuring 76 x 80 inches, a king mattress provides ample room to stretch out and get comfortable. For very tall people or those who want to indulge, a California King provides an extra 4” of length.

Choosing the Ideal Mattress Type

While there is no single best type, different mattresses are better for different sleeping styles. Here are the major mattress types and the sleeping styles they complement:

  • Spring: The traditional spring mattress features steel coils with various levels of cushioning on top.
  • Memory Foam: Memory foam mattresses are constructed of several layers of polyurethane foam and other materials. Despite the connotation that “foam” equals “soft,” memory foam is often on the firmer side, providing an optimal level of support that conforms to the body. In general, a high-quality memory foam mattress is the best choice for people with chronic back pain. (Note: Ask your doctor for recommendations.)
  • Firm: A firm mattress is useful for people who tend to sleep on their back, as it provides necessary support for the spine.
  • Plush: Plush or pillowtop mattresses can be beneficial to side sleepers, as they provide extra cushioning for the hips and shoulders. However, a mattress that is overly soft can cause a person to “sink in,” failing to provide much-needed support for the spine. As with firm mattresses, it’s important to find a happy medium.

More Mattress Shopping Tips

With these mattress sizes and types in mind, it’s time to go shopping! Here are some further tips for making the decision:

  • See it in person. Pick out your new mattress in-store, so you have a chance to see and feel it before you make a commitment. If possible, try to lay on each mattress you’re considering for at least 10-15 minutes in order to get a good sense of how it feels.
  • Take advantage of sales. Promotions and discount events like The RoomPlace President’s Day Sale are sure to help you save on a big purchase like this.
  • Read reviews. Make sure to research what other shoppers have to say about a mattress before you make an official decision.
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5 Ingenious Storage Tips for Kids’ Bedrooms

Catalina Chestnut Twin Roomsaver Bed From the RoomPlace
Featured Image: Catalina Chestnut Twin Roomsaver Bed From the RoomPlace

When it comes to keeping a kid’s room organized, it sounds like no easy task. To create a stylish and practical storage system your kids will stick to, follow our tips for fool-proof organization for toys, clothes, and more in your kids’ bedrooms.

Catalina Black Full Bunk Bed From The RoomPlace
Image: Catalina Black Full Bunk Bed From The RoomPlace

#1: Switch to Bunk Beds

For the ultimate space saver in a shared kids’ bedroom, bunk beds are the answer. Bunk and loft beds take up less space than separate beds, and they offer built-in storage options to maximize floor space even further. Add-ons like stairway chests and hanging caddies provide additional space to store toys, clothes, and more. As a bonus, kids love bunk beds! For teens and tweens, a loft bed provides ample space underneath for a desk area, which is perfect for small bedrooms.

#2: Utilize the Space Under the Bed

Under-bed storage is an essential way to preserve a room’s floor space and keeps items organized. Use rolling storage bins to make easily accessible drawers that are the perfect size for holding clothes, books, toys, shoes, and bedding. Utilizing the empty space under your kids’ beds can be a practical alternative to buying another dresser or trying to fit everything in the closet. It also gives kids an easy place to put things away, ensuring they keep their room clutter-free.

Captain’s beds are another way to save space—these unique, space-conscious bed frames feature built-in drawers and shelves for added functionality.

#3: Make the Most of Wall Space

If your kids’ bedroom is on the small side or they have lots of toys to store, it’s best to utilize wall space as much as possible. Use shelves, hanging baskets, wall cubes, and crates to give your walls a purpose and move items off the floor. For the boy or girl with a large stuffed animal collection, install a hammock in the corner of the room. Add a hanging organizer over the door, too, to keep items like shoes and small toys in their place.

#4: Give Everything a Home

Clothes go in the closet. Books go on the shelves. Toys go in the storage bins under the bed. No matter how you keep your kids’ bedroom organized, making sure every item has a dedicated “home” makes it easy to keep things clean and put away at the end of the day.

#5: Keep Track of Small Toys

Whether your kid is a fan of LEGO, likes to draw, or has an extensive collection of other tiny toys, small items need their own storage system. Use clear storage bins the size of shoe boxes and label each one to keep related items together. Sort by relevant characteristics such as color or category. Cube storage or closet shelves are great places to keep those tiny items organized.

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Dining Table Setups for Big Families

Camilla 5 Piece Dining Room Set With Silver Chairs From The RoomPlace
Featured Image: Camilla 5 Piece Dining Room Set With Silver Chairs From The RoomPlace

Whether you have a large family or simply like to entertain often, a big dining table is a necessity. When shopping for a table, you want to find something that’s roomy and functional, but also stylish. As a result, there are several factors to take into consideration when buying a dining room set. Here are a few expert tips for creating a dining room setup that accommodates your family’s needs.

Tacoma 6 Piece Dinette Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Tacoma 6 Piece Dinette Set From The RoomPlace

#1: Stretch Your Space with Bench Seating

Even the smallest dining room table can be maximized with the addition of bench seating. This is an especially practical option for narrow dining rooms, which can feel cramped with the addition of a long table and many chairs. To keep things simple yet spacious, bench seating along one wall adds function and takes up less space than most chairs, which means the table can be pushed closer to the wall when not in use—a necessity for particularly small spaces.

Bench seating adds more than just functionality to your dining room—it can also be the perfect complement to your room’s unique style. A farmhouse-inspired dining area is beautifully enhanced with the addition of a rustic wooden bench. If you like the minimalist look, a simple bench with clean lines reduces visual clutter. For a warm and comfortable look, a bench complete with sumptuous cushions or upholstery is chic and inviting.

Kelly 7 Piece Dining Room With Slat Back Chairs From The RoomPlace
Image: Kelly 7 Piece Dining Room With Slat Back Chairs From The RoomPlace

#2: Choose the Right Chairs

When planning a dining table setup that needs to accommodate several people on a regular basis, you’ll want to put extensive thought into the type of chair you choose. A large table with lots of chairs can quickly appear cramped and cluttered. While large, decorative chairs might pique your interest, simpler chairs with a sleeker profile will help keep your dining room looking spacious and stylish. Ideally, you’ll want to find chairs that take up as little space as possible when pushed in at the table.

This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Even minimalist seating can make a big impact. For a striking effect, choose a chair color that contrasts the table or walls. If you’re concerned that a minimalist chair might seem too cold or stark, add a sense of warmth by opting for upholstered chairs with a slim profile.

Irma 6 Piece Rounded Dinette Set From The RoomPlace
Image: Irma 6 Piece Rounded Dinette Set From The RoomPlace

#3: Consider a Round Table

If you have an appropriately shaped room, a round dining table can be a practical choice for big families. Round tables can offer several benefits over their cornered counterparts. While a long, rectangular table can have the effect of filling up the whole room, a round table gives the illusion of extra space. Plus, since it has no corners, a round or oval dining table can maximize the seating capacity while still allowing plenty of leg room. It’s also the perfect option for odd-numbered families, such as 7 or 9 people, since extra chairs can be added without the setup looking unbalanced.

#4: Add Versatility with a Drop Leaf

Drop leaf and extendable tables are classics for a good reason—they offer the functionality of an extra-large table with added versatility and convenience. Consider an extending table if you frequently host guests or if you have a smaller dining room. After mealtimes, simply drop the leaves to create additional space in the room.

Looking for the perfect dining table for your family? The RoomPlace is your one-stop shop for high-quality dining sets that complete your home’s décor while meeting your family’s needs.