They truly are. The question of dining rooms is a question worth asking and answering.
Are they dying out? To get the best answer to this question we must look at modern families and their way of life. Today, people are busier than ever, the days are growing shorter and speedier. Today, kids have more activities and homework than in any previous generation. The biggest difference may be that today, usually both parents work most of the day.
In the past, mothers stayed at home and greeted the husband and kids with a hot meal at the end of the day. And in the past, people worked shorter times. Today, family members come and go in different times. That’s why most have forgotten the meaning of a family meal. For those who sit down and plan a family meal, this can be a task that requires a lot of effort.
And all of this has a lot to do with the dining room…
How often do you use your dining room?
Our way of life has a tendency of being more casual, and our homes are the reflection of that. Older homes, with smaller kitchens have dining rooms built right next to the kitchen. When the meal is finished, the family would move from the dining room into another room. Dining rooms were used every day, and today they are used maybe once a week. Whether the dining room is used or not depends on the lifestyle of the people living there. Not a lot of people use their dining rooms daily, most use it as a place to entertain guests and family at gatherings.
Where do you eat in your home?
People are using their kitchens more and more, maybe even more than any other room. This is especially true when it comes to modern families, where everybody is rushing to do their thing. The kitchen has become a center not only in homes, but in lives as well. It’s a place for cooking, gathering, working, paying bills and discussing our day. The kitchen is slowly becoming the unofficial living room of the modern times. Today, kitchens are bigger than ever, and often have tables to fit a lot of people. And it’s not unusual to see a kitchen island surrounded by chairs. With that much space to eat in the kitchen, do we really need the dining room?
So what happens to the dining room?
Many of them stay empty, collect dust and cobwebs. But, being aware that this space doesn’t serve any purpose and that it’s just rotting away, people have decided to use the room for something better. Today, we can see dining rooms turned into play spaces, exercise rooms, workshops, libraries, offices, art rooms and many other things. You can turn your kitchen into anything you like. Whip out some paint, throw in some fashionable Venetian blinds, put an arm chair or two and you have another living room. You can do anything you want it, there’s no limit to it.