6 Cheap(ish) Updates For Your Dining Room

There’s no better time than now to give your dining room the much-needed makeover it deserves. Try these quick, easy and, most importantly, affordable design ideas.

The main hub for family dinners and evening soirees, the dining room is a place where we laugh, eat and enjoy good company. So give it the update it deserves, without breaking the bank, with these stylish decorating ideas. Memorable dinners pending…

1. Declutter your space

Tidy space, tidy mind right? Before you start going all out with your dining room makeover, declutter your space first and decide which items need to stay and which pieces you can wave goodbye to. This will also help you figure out which items are on their last legs and could do with replacing.

Once you’ve decided which items are staying, make sure everything has a spot in your room and is neatly organised. Opt for some shelving units to store all your dining room essentials, from tableware to napkins and glasses. If you’d like to showcase some of your most prised possessions, go for a shelving unit that has both shelving and cupboard space.

Oak ladder shelving unit with storage

2. Opt for a versatile dining table

Getting a new dining table doesn’t always have to break the bank, but if you’ve got a little extra to spend, be sure to choose a dining table that fits into your space easily and can also adapt to your dining needs. If you’re short on space, opt for a compact dining table that neatly fits into those awkward spaces and won’t take up a lot of room. Or if you entertain guests regularly, choose an extendable table that can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Oak dining table with red gloss metal legs

3. Add a bench to fit extra bums

A modern and stylish solution for the dining room, a dining bench is perfect for squeezing in those extra guests around the table during family meals or friendly catch ups. With its slim and long proportions, benches have the ability to easily tuck away underneath the table to save on space when not in use. What’s even better, you can use the bench in your hallway, living room or bedroom for an extra seat too.

Wooden dining table with bench and grey dining chairs

4. Hang a statement light

Getting the lighting right in your dining room is equally as important as your dining table or chairs. You want to go for a light that perfectly suits your décor and will create intimate lighting when needed. Either go for a classic design that will add elegance to your room, or go for an oversized, statement piece that is sure to wow your guests. If possible, hang your light low over a dining table to create an intimate atmosphere.

Top tip: Also invest in a stylish floor lamp, so you can turn off your main light and create more atmospheric lighting during evening soirees.

Glass ceiling light with white marble table and pink velvet dining chair

5. Update your tableware

One of the quickest and easiest ways to update your dining table is switching out your old dinnerware for a new, stylish tableware set. Whether you want to go for a classic all white design, or something a bit more out there, we’ve got plenty of designs that will stylishly match your dining setting. If you’re on a budget a dinner set is a good option as it includes everything you might need – 4 dinner plates, 4 side plates and 4 bowls.

Black and white spot dinner set

6. Add a stylish tablecloth

A tablecloth will instantly update your space, without it looking too formal. Not only does it protect your table, it’s also perfect for covering any marks and scratches you don’t want guests to see. For a less formal design, choose a natural linen tablecloth and pair it with contrasting napkins.

Wooden dining table with white chairs and linen tablecloth


In just 6 simple steps, you’ll have your dining room looking brand new in no time.

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