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Old 08-16-2016, 02:33 PM
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While cleaning up our dining room it dawned on me that in 16 years in our home we've used the dining room maybe 40-50 times. The table has gone the way of a treadmill and now just catches all our junk. Anyone out there repurpose theirs to something more usable? I'm thinking I'd rather have just about anything else in there.
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Classroom for the kids.

Holiday dinners otherwise.
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Our dining room displays her antiques. No table or chairs. Any dinners we host are usually outdoors by the pool.
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11 years in my house. Have only used the dining room once. I had the whole dining room set up delivered a week before hurricane katrina hit and it all got wet, but I salvaged it and the water lines (barely noticeable) give it a story to tell.

But we mainly use the dining room table as a staging area for school starting or ending, school projects, spring cleaning and accumulation of items for donation, and etc.
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That room is from the past.
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Other than holidays, most are typically a catch all room.


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Personally, I have a formal dining room and have it set up as such, and enjoy having it.

However, I am in real estate and can tell you that at least in my area, builders are echoing what you are saying and moving away from formal dining room's in new construction plans.

When I started noticing it more and more in new construction recently and inquired about it, I was told that modern families just don't use their formal dining room like they have in years past and actually prefer to have a floor plan without one because they almost view it as wasted space.
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Personally, I have a formal dining room and have it set up as such, and enjoy having it.

However, I am in real estate and can tell you that at least in my area, builders are echoing what you are saying and moving away from formal dining room's in new construction plans.

When I started noticing it more and more in new construction recently and inquired about it, I was told that modern families just don't use their formal dining room like they have in years past and actually prefer to have a floor plan without one because they almost view it as wasted space.

Modern open floor plans incorporate areas with the same function. with increased usability. The direct view of the kitchen means every one in part of the party or process.
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Modern open floor plans incorporate areas with the same function. with increased usability. The direct view of the kitchen means every one in part of the party or process.
I agree, I have a new house with an open floor plan that also has a formal dining room.

The new open floorplans are taking it a step further and completely eliminating the formal dining room's, for the reasons stated by the OP and others above. I find it interesting.
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Gone to open-concept "Great Rooms". Lets you decide how to use the space. We had a home with a dining room, became a library/office.
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We moved a year ago after 16 years in a house without a formal dining room. In searching for a new home that is one thing my wife wanted was a formal dining room and I could not see a need for it. We typically in hosting family or friends prefer the more casual feel of outdoor dining and have a huge table in our kitchen. We spent more money on furniture in our new dining room than anywhere else and according to all her friend it sure looks beautiful when they visit. Don't think I have eaten in there since the 2nd day we moved into the house(because the kitchen table was being painted). Waste of space for 90% of us I'm sure.
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Glad to know I'm not alone. We don't have kids and have no need for a home office.
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I would think most people would say the same if they have a formal living room and a great room. I imagine the formal living room barely gets used.
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I've had 3 houses now with formal dining rooms, and probably eaten in each less than 10 times. I keep telling my wife I am going to sell the dining room furniture and put a pool table in there. It's the perfect size, and already has the light fixture in the center of the room.
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I guess I'm the oddball. We sit and eat at the dining table every night, at least when I'm home.
It has rules just like the den. Technology free. No devices, TVs , PCs, or the like. We have a large family dinner at the house at least once a month with about 10-15 in attendance everytime. There's no doubt I could repurpose it, I just choose not to as I like the family atmosphere in there.
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I guess I'm the oddball. We sit and eat at the dining table every night, at least when I'm home.
It has rules just like the den. Technology free. No devices, TVs , PCs, or the like. We have a large family dinner at the house at least once a month with about 10-15 in attendance everytime. There's no doubt I could repurpose it, I just choose not to as I like the family atmosphere in there.
The table in our kitchen only seats 4 comfortably. So with a family of 6 we eat in the dinning room quite often. If a couple kids have things going on then we eat in the kitchen.
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How old are you? This was a question often asked when I was 10...back in '92.

I'd like to know if this is more of a southern thing as the few northern friends I know can barely afford the kitchen...
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That room is from the past.
Bingo.

Besides, where else are ya gonna put that table you inherited? So you never use it..it's family!
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My office. Really need to replace the chandelier that's over my desk...
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We are a family of 3 during the summer (sons in college now) bit normally now just wife and I, but since we've been in this house 20+years family dinner is seated at the dining room table.

Dinner doesn't have to be 'formal', dinner could be hamburgers and fries but it's eaten at the table.
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