Guideline to Arrange Dining Room

It is often desirable to have space in the kitchen for eating snacks, breakfast etc. and use the dining room for main meals only. This can be provided by including a retractable table, with a height of 70 – 75 cm, which is pulled out of a base unit →④.

minimum distance and allow spaces

retractable table, fitted table and breakfast bar

A movement area of at least 80 cm is needed to the left and right of the table. If sufficient space is available a fixed table against a free-standing unit can be used →⑤. Another alternative is the breakfast bar arrangement →⑥. This requires less depth than the fixed table, even though the surface is also 40 cm deep, because of its elevation but this also means that special stools are required. Depending on their design, full dining areas require far more space but they can obviate the need for an additional dining room →⑦ + ⑧. A corner seat and dining table take up the least amount of space →⑧.

small space, clear access and round table

seating arrangement in dining room and typical table cover

It is useful to be able to extend the dining room through wide doors or a folding wall for special occasions →⑪ + ⑮. To eat comfortably an individual needs a table area of 60 x 40 cm. A strip of 20 cm is needed in the center of the table for dishes, pots and bowls →①. Lighting should not be dazzling: the ideal distance from lower edge of the light to the table top is around 60 cm →①.

dining rooms

Suitable locations for dining rooms are shown in → ⑭ – ⑯.


This guideline to arrange dining room is taken from the book Architects’ Data written by Ernst and Peter Neufert, whereas this book has become the guideline for architecture college students in the world.

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