Let’s face it…who really uses their dining room? This room is such a waste of space, I can’t stand it. Thus, I wanted to turn our dining room into a multi-purpose room. Sure, it’s still a dining room, but only on special occasions. Since Andrew and I re-did our kitchen and added the island with breakfast bar, we eat all our meals in the kitchen! We literally never set foot in the dining room (except to get to and from the kitchen, of course). So I got this idea in my head for a little desk. I just wanted an extra work surface; a place for my laptop to live, mainly. I also wanted to give the dining room more purpose and I felt like the space was being wasted.
Of course, we headed straight to IKEA to find the perfect desk for our space. We knew we couldn’t get anything too large, so we opted for this very basic desk, mainly because it matched all of our other furniture and it was only 33 bucks. Since we re-arranged the setup in the dining room to accommodate the desk, we ended up with an extra chair from the table. Perfect! It is now being used as the desk chair.
Check out the new setup:
Now if we need to use the dining room as an actual dining room (doubtful), we can just easily move some things around to get 4 or more chairs at the table. I plan on using this desk as my personal space. I always joke with Andrew that the office is “his room.” I know we share that space, but now he can have a desk and I can have a desk. He can make that desk his own, and I will make the dining room desk my own. It has already really come in handy when making new recipes in the kitchen. I can use my iPhone to quickly look things up, but now I have the laptop right on the desk in the dining room in case I need to pull up a full site.
A re-purposed room and a new desk, all for under $35? You really can’t beat that. The desk is small and very easy to move, so if we decide on a different layout down the road, it will be easy to make changes. Gotta love new layouts and gotta love IKEA!