In this post I will cover the dining area which is often seen as anywhere space is available. The reality is that eating should be something looked upon as a major part of healthy lifestyle. Its hard to have a healthy mind and body if food is considered a necessary evil.
One of the keys to a healthy mindset is having a space that is clean so you want to sit there and enjoy a meal. This is not in front of the television by the way. Distracting yourself to the point of not realizing what is being consumed is not the point here. Reading and eating is about as far as I would recommend.
The table is the largest of the furnishings. I recommend something that is as large as possible without taking away from other important factors such as movement. The table should be built from sturdy materials and be easy to clean and maintain. Dining tables take a lot of abuse and spills are something that are guaranteed to happen, so might as well factor this into the plan from the very start.
Two of the cleanest and most durable materials at the moment are stainless steel and solid surfacing. They are both non porous and can be refinished nearly an infinite amount of times. Even the harshest stains can be removed and both materials are mold, mildew and bacteria resistant.
In small spaces seating is a constant issue. There is always a strange phenomenon between having chairs always in the way, to not having enough seating when it counts. One of the best ways to take care of this is to use bench seating. Benches don’t take up the same amount of room, likely due to the absence of a backrest, and are versatile. They are also simple.
Its impossible to talk about dining rooms without talking about wood. It is the classic choice for tables, and in my opinion the most masculine. And if the right table is purchased, there is no reason to not have it around for a few hundred years as well. Unfortunately when people start looking at wood, they often lower their budget as wood tables run from very expensive to very cheap. The only real stipulation that I would have with wood tables is that the wood should be solid wood not a laminated plywood or other type of budget wood. This is mostly because the life cycle of non solid wood products are much shorter and end up in landfills because they are not able to be refinished to the same extent as solid wood. If at all.