Modern Alternatives to A Formal Dining Room

Modern Alternatives to A Formal Dining Room

Think about the last time you and your family had dinner in the formal dining room. If you’re like the majority of modern families, you end up eating at the kitchen island, the couch, or your home office space. Because of this, formal dining rooms are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Instead of wasting space, why not transform the extra room into something you’ll use? We’ve come up with a few alternatives to convert your formal dining room into a more productive living space.


Home libraries make a fabulous addition to any home, especially for the avid reader. Cozying up with a good book is a great way to relax and unwind after a long day of work. Consider installing smart technology to dim or brighten the lights and turn on soft music upon voice command.

Home office

Formal dining rooms transition extremely well into home offices. The space is generally smaller, offering a more intimate and quiet work environment ideal for maximum productivity. A first-floor office could also double as a homework room where your kids can spread out their school supplies without making a mess on the kitchen table. If the area is relatively open, consider dividing the rooms with curtains.

Craft room

Need a room where you feel inspired? Transitioning your unused dining room into a craft room could be the answer. Install a few shelves and a work bench, and let the creative juices flow.

Entertainment room

Convert your unused dining room into a game room where your friends and family can gather on a Friday night. Even if you already have an entertainment room in your home, it doesn’t hurt to add another pool or ping pong table, especially if your other entertaining space is in the basement.

Sitting room

A sitting room encourages rest and relaxation. If possible, we suggest installing a water feature and live plants to mimic the spa experience. Include at least one sofa and a coffee table, and soft-colored wall art to complete the look and feel.

No matter what you decide to do with your formal dining room, upgrading your space into a unique sanctuary can increase your home’s value whenever you decide to sell. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, Walt Danley Realty is just a phone call away. Contact us at 480-991-2050 today; our Realtors are ready to assist you.