As any sophisticated gent knows, a stylish dining area is essential to a functional pad.

Whether used purely for eating, or as a multi-purpose area that does double time as a desk when a dedicated home office is lacking, we’ve got all the tips and hints you need to create a cool dining area.

So, say ‘seeya later’ to microwave dinners on the couch and ‘hello’ to suave mastication in a setting fit for a boss and his entourage, or a hot date.


Kit out your dining space with a table and chairs that fit comfortably in the available space

Like any good male model or Zoolander aspirant will attest, proportion is the key here, so kit out your dining space with a table and chairs that fit comfortably in the available floor space.

Don’t be one of those guys whose pants hang around his ankles, or at the other extreme, the guy who bulges out of his wifebeater, and furnish your dining area according to the size and dimensions of the space. Ideally, you and your guests should be able to move around the table and get in and out of the chairs without spilling their vino.

Take care when picking a finish for your tabletop. Whether clear glass, coloured glass, wood or metal, choose a finish sympathetic with the interior style of your home and the surrounding furnishings.

For dudes with puny dining areas, or none at all, select a glass tabletop for the illusion of space. The transparency created will make the table look smaller than it is.

If the reverse is true, and you have a large dining room, follow the ‘go big or go home’ mantra and fill the space.

A word of warning though: be mindful of the access to your home in the case of delivery. For example, you might think a 3-metre table would look awesome in your palatial dining room, but getting it through the front door might be an issue, so measure, and measure again, to avoid dining room disasters.


It’s all about the options

With so many options available, in every possible aesthetic, dining chairs allow you to have fun and inject some personality into the room.

Choose from chairs with a variety of seat shapes, back heights, arms, no arms and base options (4-leg, pedestal, cantilever, upholstered, steel, powder-coated, wood).

Like backyard cricket, the rules are a little loose when it comes to chair selection; just because you have a wooden dining table, doesn’t mean you have to stick with wooden chair options.

The most important thing is to avoid the ‘Fantastic Furniture-looking matched set’. This mean looking beyond the sterile store-staged setting and experiment with alternatives until you find a combination that is right for you.