Dining room storage is really important to keep the room tidy and clutter-free – and it gives you room to storage excess kitchen equipment.
Few of us have the luxury of a separate dining room these days. For most of us, a dining table is part of an open plan living room or is the centre of all the action in a kitchen. Which means we need to be canny about where we store all the bits and bobs we need to make mealtimes possible.
In a kitchen-diner, it’s easy to store cutlery, crockery and glassware in kitchen cupboards, but if you entertain around the table, you want to make it feel as much as a separate space from the kitchen as possible. A freestanding bookcase or wall shelving close to the table can be home to tablecloths and napkins, place mats, tealights – or even be used to display pretty plates. If you have the space in your kitchen, think about creating a breakfast room with stools ready for the chaos of the morning rush.
If you’ve got more space, a sideboard is just the thing. It neatly stores everything you need and gives you a surface for serving dishes and bottles of wine, too. Alcoves can be utilised for dining room storage, stacking them with your favourite cookbooks adds a nice culinary touch.
Consider a glass fronted cabinet, second-hand ones can be upcycled with paint or wallpaper, it will offer a self-contained place for stuff but will look damn cool into the bargain. If you’re really stuck for storage space, a good tip is to ‘look high and low’. A high-level shelf running around a wall or two is surprisingly handy for storing and displaying jugs, silverware and the like. Lower down, benches which double as storage or low-level built-in cupboards along a wall which can be used as seats, are a good bet.
If you’re using dining room wallpaper, choose plain dining room storage solutions so the sets don’t clash with any prints.
Wallpapered drawer fronts give this mid-century sideboard a colourful update, while plain white chairs are refreshed with urban fabrics. Wood wallpaper makes such an unexpected statement when it is used across a whole wall, as in this dining room.
The Peanut Vendor
Rockett St George
Fed up with clutter? Bespoke storage like this is ideal for keeping plates and dinnerware close to hand in a dining room. This one has drawers, rather than lift-up lids, a feature that frees up the top surface for display – as well as seating.
Matthew Elton for Heal’s Discovers at Heal’s
Russell Pinch at The Conran Shop