Use your conservatory as a dining room

Have you considered using your conservatory as a dining room? We look at the advantages.

Who said that conservatories have to be traditional? Although many use these rooms as a seating area from which to enjoy the garden, conservatories can also make excellent dining rooms.

As well as freeing up your existing dining room for other uses, a bright and airy conservatory can make an excellent place to eat. Whether it’s used for family dinners or formal dinner parties, a beautiful new conservatory can make an excellent social space for eating, drinking and enjoying your garden.

Free up your existing dining room

The first advantage of using a conservatory as a dining room is that it frees up your existing dining area. This means that the old dining room can be used as additional sitting space, or even opened up to extend your front room or kitchen.

From kitchen to conservatory

Turning your conservatory into a dining room can transform the way you use your house. Kitchens, most often at the back of the house, will already be adjoining the conservatory; this makes it easy to bring food in and out.

You can create a flowing space from your kitchen to your conservatory with windows, open doorways or arches between the rooms. You could even join both rooms together and make them open plan, with the dining table at the back of the house to make the most of the views.

Dinner with a view

The view is one of the great advantages of using your conservatory as a dining room. Whilst some may not use a traditional conservatory from day to day, a conservatory diner will ensure that you use the room every day.

From breakfasting whilst watching the birds, to dinner parties with a garden view! Even when the weather isn’t nice, you will still be able to enjoy the outdoors every day. Make the most of this with plenty of windows, creating a light and inviting space.

Using the conservatory all year around

In order to make your conservatory diner inviting all year around, then you need to ensure that it’s well heated. Older conservatories are often too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter, but this is now a thing of the past.

Special glass coverings and films can now be used in order to moderate the temperature of conservatories all year around, whilst also preventing harmful rays penetrating glass and fading decor. Heating will also ensure that you can make the most of the conservatory in the winter months.

Design ideas

There are a great many ways that you can style a conservatory dining room to make the most of the space. Much inspiration is available online. The dining table should naturally be the focal point of the room; there are a wide range of tables available online, including more innovative designs as well as traditional styles.

You can also make the most of your view with blinds or curtains. Bright, printed blinds look great in a modern room, whilst traditional venetian blinds create a more classic style. Also consider lighting; a chandelier over the dining table makes a statement, whilst wall-mounted lights are elegant and practical.