Thanksgiving and Christmas are months away. If that means you have no use for your dining room until then, it might be time to rethink how you use that room.
After all, what fun is it to leave one room untouched most of the year?
About six years ago, we decided to create a dining room/library in our house because the dining room is a good size, but the house isn't particularly large and because, if my husband had a dollar for every book he owns, he'd go out and buy new books.
We added the bookshelves, a few comfy chairs and reading lamps. And, poof!, we actually use the dining room.
Need more office space? Consider creating a multi-functional dining room. This is especially easy now that laptop computers mean there's a lot less bulky equipment to store. You can hide paperwork and office supplies in a sideboard.
A dining room can be a great place for doing crafts and homework.
Need a quiet spot for a quiet conversation? Add a couple of comfortable chairs or a settee if you've got room.
Play music? Incorporate a small piano or display other instruments there. A dining room can be a peaceful place to practice and to entertain.
Who knows? You spend that much time in your dining room, you might even think to eat there every now and again.