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This article brought to you courtesy of the Murphy's Furniture Staff, News-Times Insider Home Furnishings Expert.

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In today's busy world, dining areas have really gotten a bum rap. Not only are they considered a prehistoric construct, no longer relevant in today's digitalized family, but the areas themselves have been cordoned off as a spare bedroom, commandeered for office space or catapulted it into children's play areas. I say it's time to reclaim our roots and give dignity back to the dining area! Accept this challenge by re-visualizing your space as a place that promotes relaxation and companionship. No matter if you have a room with four walls, an island in a great room or a niche in the kitchen; you too can recreate your next meals oasis. Here are some tips for your space.

Pick a space appropriate table with 30 - 36 inches clearance all around.

Round and oval tables visually take up less room but square and rectangle have more surface space.

Open up tighter areas with feature mirrors and ground your spot with lighting (swags are back folks.)

Tight fit? Use taller, smaller tables.

When gauging size, allow 20" to 24" per place setting (a 3' by 6' table will easily seat 8 people)

Extension tables are great but should be used "on occasion". Daily use size should be without extension for most stability.

Think of traffic patterns and consider a backless bench tucked under the table, instead of chairs for the high traffic side.

Visit the friendly staff at Murphy's Furniture in Cornelius, for more great ideas during Murphy's Annual Fall Dining Sale.

Murphy's Furniture

2962 Baseline Street

Cornelius, OR 97113

503-640-1124

www.murphysfurniture.store

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