Are Dining Rooms Becoming Obsolete

Many of us have been there. You’re searching for an apartment, perhaps just for yourself or perhaps with a partner, but your budget only allows for a one-bed.

But hold on, what’s this? An apartment with one bedroom, but it has a dining room? Perfect. You can just remove the furniture – or not at all if the flat is unfurnished – and set up that room as an office,   living space or perhaps even a second bedroom instead! 

How many people relate to this line of thinking? 

Over time, dining rooms have become a luxury room for big households, making them entirely disposable for people who need the space for something more “worthwhile”. 

This is a shame, however, because dining rooms are not just aesthetics. They are spaces for couples, family, and friends to come together and interact with each other in a way that they don’t in any other room.

Are Dining Rooms Becoming Obsolete

The Look Of A Dining Room

Granted, one of the reasons that friends or family want to eat in a dining room is because of the aesthetics. Out of all the rooms in the house, the dining room is one of the most beautiful.

It is a simple concept; a table and chairs in the center, with perhaps a few cabinets on the surrounding walls, and that’s it. But whilst this might seem to limit for some, the savviest interior designers see it as a dream.

It’s so easy to decorate the dining room and spruce it up, perhaps with some gorgeous silver candlesticks or dining room sets to really draw people in and make it a comfortable place to sit and eat. 

Speaking of drawing people in, this is important, too, especially when it comes to family. After all, there is a lost art underlining the surface of every dining room. The art of inclusion, conversation, and comfort.

The Purpose Of A Dining Room

It’s easy, especially in 2023, to let the digital world consume our attention. The dining room, however, is the wall between a family and disassociation. This is the room that asks people to come together for one reason: to sit in each other’s company and simply talk.

It does this even more so than any kitchen table, which is purely a practical space to eat food and then move to another room. And it certainly does it more than the lounge, which has every sofa angled towards a television.

Because of the word “dining”, people make the mistake of thinking that it is a purely practical room. But the beauty of the dining room is that it is not practical.

It’s all about emotion, about choosing to sit with the people who are important in your life and enjoying their company.

In the end, there are many reasons why the dining room is important, and aesthetics does have something to do with it – especially if you’ve managed to create a truly stunning dining space. But the point is, you should never underestimate the power of a dining room in the house. They might be becoming obsolete, but the truth is, they really, really shouldn’t.

Julie Higgins
Julie is a Staff Writer at She has been working in publishing houses before joining the editorial team at momooze. Julie's love and passion are topics around beauty, lifestyle, hair and nails.