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Skinny Victorian terrace through lounge diner... Does anyone ever have the dining table in the front?

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SwayingInTime Sun 24-Mar-19 14:54:18

I need to replace the sofa so am thinking of swapping the lounge and dining bit around but can't imagine at all what sofas and TV position would work. Maybe there's a reason no one does this! We currently have the layout everyone has, three seater facing chimney breast and long thin table in front of the other one. It doesn't work great for the sort of socialising we do though as my guests aren't comfy while I am cooking/ making endless cups of tea/ chopping fruit for kids etc. And the dining table is used for homework which isn't ideal next to the kitchen either. Although crossing across watching telly to get from diner to kitchen may be a problem.

Basically, has anyone got any Pinterest boards or search tips?

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Flobochin Thu 28-Mar-19 08:08:51

A picture would help.

Mememeplease Thu 28-Mar-19 08:13:38

I did many years ago. It fitted the furniture much better.

SwayingInTime Thu 28-Mar-19 08:30:19

I think I have decided too, going to have massive storage where the sofa is now. It's going to be the next life changing change that'll make us all really organised.

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Bubblysqueak Thu 28-Mar-19 08:34:11

The reason we didn't is because when it was just the two us and we weren't entertaining (we didn't have DC when we lived in the house) we never ended up using the dining area as we had to walk through the lounge area into the dining area and although it wasn't far, we never bothered.

showmethegin Thu 28-Mar-19 08:41:51

Exactly the same as @Bubblysqueak we have our dining room at the front. Simple reason being that the rear room is usually slightly larger and fits sofas better. We had a dining kitchen before and used that way more when it was just us.

If you have neat living room furniture I'd keep it at the front but it's just personal preference on how you would best use the rooms.

SoupDragon Thu 28-Mar-19 08:46:52

I think it depends entirely on how you use the space. I guess dining rooms are generally at the back because they're near the kitchen.

You could easily trial it with your current furniture to see how it works with daily living.

SwayingInTime Thu 28-Mar-19 08:50:50

I do like moving furniture around. I think my husband would basically describe it as my hobby. Just makes me a bit hmm that no-one on the internet seems to have ever done it and taken a picture. But if there's a wall still it seems quite common to have the dining table in the separate room.

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bibbitybobbityyhat Thu 28-Mar-19 08:59:47

Is your kitchen too small for a dining table? Also I'm not sure from what you've said if the dividing wall is still between the front rooms or have they been knocked through?

JuniperGinYay Thu 28-Mar-19 09:03:11

My friend has this, it means we use the dining table a little less but as a bonus the seating area is quieter from the road and overlooks garden.

Bhappy12 Thu 28-Mar-19 09:03:40

I've been thinking about this same thing recently - the only thing that stops me though, is that we have a large bay window in the (current living room) at the front of the house, so it's a gorgeous light room. Our current dining room, although bigger, has one small window and a lean-to built off that, so it tends to be fairly dark unless it's midday.
Might be something to think about if you have similar windows etc.

SwayingInTime Thu 28-Mar-19 09:48:52

No wall and a mere nubbin of a kitchen. Thank you for the replies smile

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MsMamaNature Thu 28-Mar-19 16:42:09

What about this?*

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