Things to Think About When Redesigning your Dining Room
When it comes to redesigning your dining room, it can be an exciting yet expensive venture. Without adequate planning, there’s a lot that could potentially go wrong. So, if you want to avoid the stress and ensure you don’t go too far over your budget, read on as in this post we’ll share some of the main things to consider when redesigning your dining room.
What do you actually need?
Before you start redesigning the dining room, think about what it is you actually NEED from the dining room – rather than want. Sort through what you have and what you want to keep and clear out the rest (donating to charities would be a great option there!).
Once you have an idea of what you’ll be keeping, it will help decide what you need to replace or add if necessary. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to more modern dining room furniture (like this timeless brand here) or maybe you need a smaller table to create a feeling of space in the room?
Remember that while it’s exciting to redesign a room, it’s not always a good idea to go overboard on furniture and accessories, focus on the essentials to start with and you can always add on as needed over time.
Think about different layouts
Redesigning a room is more than just painting the walls and replacing the furniture (although it can already make a huge difference). While it can be hard to visualise another layout than the one you’ve been living in for years (for some people it can be decades!) it’s important to try and plan different layout that could potentially help you make the most of your space, or use it in a different way.
Some people find it helpful to have a plan on paper (to scale) so they can move furniture around to see how it could fit differently or to make sure that the new furniture will fit nicely.
If you’re looking for a refresh rather than a complete redesign, moving furniture around is always a great way to make a room feel changes without splashing on new furniture.
Keep your budget in mind
Before starting your project, you should have a good idea of what your maximum budget is and how it will be spent (furniture, materials, labour if you are hiring someone, etc). You should also keep in mind that things rarely go accordingly to plan, so as a golden rule it’s always good to set aside an emergency fund, in case things need to go over your initial budget for whatever reason.
However, if you have a larger budget and want things to go as smoothly as possible, you can always hire an interior designer who will help you plan everything and coordinate with the different people involved to realise your dream dining room. They usually can help make realistic plans for your budget so you don’t end up with a bad surprise when the bill comes.
Always try and keep things simple
When redesigning your dining room it’s easy to get carried away or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work involved. Some people prefer getting everything done as quickly as possible, but that may be too much for you – budget-wise and stress-wise! You may find it helpful to spread out the job and break it down into smaller steps so you can better manage the work and the cost.
You can start by focusing on the simple and small changes such as changing the lighting and repainting. In the dining room, and then slowly go into changing the furniture.
Overall, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to redesigning your dining room. The list above is just some of the things you’ll want to consider to help keep the redesigning job stress-free.