By Brunelle Le Roux. Dining Room. Published at Monday, March 25th, 2019 - 22:17:38 PM.
In any room of your home you can use a bench for storage and your dining room is no different. A storage bench can serve several functions even in a formal dining room. Tucked away in a corner or against a wall, you will have a comfortable place to sit as well as ample room for storage. Keep large serving pieces and dining accessories in the bench until they are needed for your larger gatherings. Placed under a window makes for a nice window seat and adds charm to your dining room as well and we know the cozier the room, the more eating goes on in there.
Dining rooms have been around for a long time. Medieval dining would have been in vast halls, which were cold, draughty and probably very noisy. Dining room furniture was basic, solid and functional. Huge open fires, stone floor and very little comfort would have been other features of medieval dining. Gradually there was a shift away from the large dining halls to smaller more compact and no doubt cosier parlours. Initially the room would have been next to the great hall, but grew in popularity as somewhere to dine.
We no longer live in houses with parlours and drawing rooms, but one room that has remained popular is the one for dining. Many of us have a room for dining, and even smaller houses that are more modest have at least a dining space. There has been an increase in popularity of the kitchen diner, and whilst this may not be as grand a place to eat as a dining room, it still contains the basic dining room furniture. It doesn’t matter where it is you dine; you still need a chair to sit on and a table to rest your plate of food on.
It got to the stage where the great dining hall would have been used only for celebrations and special occasions. Dining room furniture would have had to be scaled down to use in the smaller parlour room. The room for dining had been born, and it has continued to evolve and change over the centuries. The changes to dining room furniture have been gradual, but in many respects, there are still the same elements in any room used for dining. We have the table of course and the chairs.
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