I think the majority of us would agree that the dining room can be labelled one of the most wasted spaces in the home, in our hectic lives we use it incredibly rarely and the room has become terribly misused. The table, instead of being a platform for eating on has essentially evolved into a huge shelf, ready for anything I and the kids dump on it. This dumping includes: post, books, dog leads, spare change and the like.
So why do I no longer have any call for my dining room? Well it’s the kitchens fault I am afraid to say, our dining, entertaining and relaxing time has transferred into the kitchen. It is without doubt the most important room in the house for our family. After a hectic day at work, I just want to cook and have a few drinks in a comfortable informal environment. Having carried out some research, I can say its not only our family home which has undergone the same transition.
The Nations View
Britain can safely be said to be ‘abandoning its dining rooms’ although two thirds of homes have a separate dining room intact, it is used less and less. According to a study carried out by Lloyds Bank Home Insurance; the kitchen is the most valuable room in the home. It’s not surprising either, when you consider the fact that on average we spend one hour and 36 minutes in their every single day and 60% of us prefer entertaining friends and family in the kitchen, opposed to any other room. Indeed, inviting friends round for a ‘Kitchen Supper’ has triggered a national debate. The phrase itself was catapulted to fame when a cabinet minister used it in reference to David Cameron’s meetings with Rebekah Brooks. Obviously, we normal folk can still have Kitchen Suppers without heading to our friends at NO.10.
Kitchen Entertaining planning
- Ensure you have an ample amount of comfortable seating, whilst some don’t mind standing around, some do!
- Plan well ahead, know the meal you are cooking, know your timings and stick to them!
- Keep the drinks flowing, this doesn’t need any explaining!
- Keep it relaxed, this isn’t a formal dinner party!
Here at Big Kitchen Shop we have the perfect range of Open Plan Kitchens which are simply ideal for cooking, socialising and entertaining people. These contemporary spaces allow you to have a cool but functional entertaining space.