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Old 10-26-2007, 07:36 PM   #1
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What's your dining room used for?

Ours is our music room. Piano, two french horns, two trumpets, trombone, Eb tuba, Bb tuba, euphonium, synthesizer, guitar, and an antique clarinet.

Anyhow, I'm curious how many people have a traditional dining room and still use it as such.

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Old 10-26-2007, 07:57 PM   #2
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and homework for the kids.

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Old 10-26-2007, 08:08 PM   #3
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What's your dining room used for?
Uhm, trick question, right? I think I saw this on HGTV's "Mission:Organization".

If we didn't set limits then every horizontal space in the house would be piled high with our kid's possessions. As it is we have to get her to clear her crap off the dining room table a couple times a week.

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Old 10-26-2007, 08:14 PM   #4
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Our house is so small that we don't have a dining room.

Our dining table is in the kitchen, and we use it for: dining; paying bills; writing notes and letters; piling books, magazines, and mail.

We shove all the non-dining stuff on one side of the table to make room for the dishes and silverware when it's time to eat.

At least we have a big dining table.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:32 PM   #5
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When I bought my house, the formal living room was set up as a dining room. I ended up buying most of the furniture with the house, since I needed furniture and the prior owner had been killed in a car crash.

So, my living room is still a dining room.

I spend NO time there at all, and I have been trying to sell the furniture (china cabinet, double buffet, dining table and six chairs) so that I can do something else with the room. No luck so far.

Guess there's no need to re-do that room if I'm moving out of state in two years. When I buy a house up north, if it has a formal dining room I will probably turn it into a home gym.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:32 PM   #6
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Dining, about 4X a year.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:33 PM   #7
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We have a separate formal dining room. Unless we are out to dinner, we eat there every night, never in the kitchen. We do nothing else in the dining room but eat.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:03 PM   #8
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Dining...every meal since thats the only place we have a regular table and chairs. We have a breakfast nook, but it was occupied by a treadmill that I regularly dusted before whisking it off to the garage in a simple surrender a couple of days ago.

In our last house, the dining room was Gabes play room. We had all his toys, a little plastic playhouse, and a 32" flat screen lcd tv with 24x7 Barney running on it.

My old mcmansion had a dining room big enough to bowl in. In fact, when I first moved in a couple of my friends suggested a bowling alley. I think I used it six or seven times the 7 years I lived there. But then again I had a bedroom that I think I only opened the door to two or three times.
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Old 10-26-2007, 10:49 PM   #9
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We have a nice breakfast room, so we rarely eat in the dining room. I have a petite china cabinet and a dining room table that has those drop down sides, so we keep it small and up against a wall and out of the way. Unfortunately, it tends to collect mail, coupons, laundry baskets and cats.

Since we so seldom open up the table and dine in there, the dining room has become a place for other things, like the carpeted cat climbing thing in front of the window, our coat rack and the small stand where I keep my purse and the bowl for keys. Also, I needed a place for the shredder. I bring the mail in, sort things into "keep, toss, or shred" and get rid of it right then and there.

When a holiday comes around and I need to open the table I have to move all these extra things out. Our dining room is small, only 10x10 and opening up the table and adding the leaves puts the room at it's limits.
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What's a dining room?

Or more loosely translated to: We eat in recliners at the coffee table or standing up with our son riding on my back in the Ergo carrier so what good is a dining room?
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Old 10-27-2007, 12:22 AM   #11
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We actually have a table with chairs. We eat there 3-4 times a week. The cats love the chairs and sleep there almost every day.
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Old 10-27-2007, 04:59 AM   #12
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Our dining room is used as an office, physical therapy, and ironing room (all for DW, she recently discovered that ironing is very relaxing to her - no joke) - it does have table and chairs for dining .
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Another vote for ironing. Also, clothes-drying rack zone in winter/rainy weather (we don't have a clothes dryer). Table surface collects books magazines and mail. Used for dining maybe 8-10x/year.
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:44 AM   #15
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A natural history museum.

We bought (used) a hutch with glass front doors to house the kids' finds. The museum includes: skeletons (fox skull, deer skull and spinal column, piranha skull, bird skeletons and needle fish jaw). There are also bird nests, snake skins, large shells - fresh and salt water, fossils in limestone, horseshoe crab bodies, feathers, dried insects and various insect nests and cocoons. Most things are labeled as to what they are, where they were found, etc. The hutch is really not large enough to properly display all of it, but it is enough.

The functional name is "the drawing room". Not in the victorian sense, but in the kid's paint, markers, and crafts sense.

There is also an old table and four chairs and assorted items inherited from inlaws that we don't know what to do with and I hope we can get rid of soon (a guitar, organ, and 3 small tables - No one has any musical inclination).

The only ones who eat there are the cats.

Definately the most dysfunctional room in the house.
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Our house is very small, we never used the dining room and it ended up being the clutter catch room. Removed the wall and made the living room larger then bought a table that folds down on both sides for the few times we need a table, we've only used it twice in 5 years.

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Mine is more like a dining area than room since my house is very open .We eat there all the time . Thanksgiving and Christmas I bring out the leaves and the kiddie table .
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We use ours as a workout room. We have weights and a stairmaster in there.

With being on the road for a work assignment, we opted to take our workout equipment with us vs. the dining table. There isn't much extra space in a 2 BDR apartment. Couches and coffee table suffice for eating right now!
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