How to Design a Timeless Dining Area

A dining area is a great place to gather with your nearest and dearest.

Offering a chance to chat about the day ahead over breakfast or catch up with everyone in the evening – a home simply isn’t the same without a dining area.

Available in many different styles, finishes and configurations – dining furniture helps to create a space where your family or loved one’s can share a meal and just have a good ol ‘natter about the day.

If you’re looking to achieve a classic style dining area of your own, look no further than our 9 fabulous product recommendations below – we’re loving the timeless appeal of these 9 ‘dine worthy’ pieces…

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1. Choose Classic Spindle Features

Julian Bowen Torino Dining Set

With four iconic spindle back chairs and a rectangular dining table – this traditional dining set is perfect for families or small groups.

Its smooth lunar grey coloured surface is both fresh in appearance and easy to clean – made from a classic satin lacquer finish MDF.

Scandinavian inspired, this collection would look good amidst a range of different decor styles.

Set the table and add an arrangement of real or dried flowers to create a fabulous farmhouse kitchen or dining area.

2. Pick Adaptable Furniture

Zuiver Glimps Extending Dining Table in Walnut Veneer

Sleek and stylish with a classic rectangular design – this dining table by Zuiver is ‘the one’ for you if you enjoy larger gatherings with family and friends.

Beautiful walnut veneer rests on solid walnut legs and it’s been lacquered to last – should anyone spill their wine.

Available in two sizes to suit a variety of spaces, it also has a ‘magic trick’ – extending to accommodate more lovely people using the central leaf section.

The matching chairs (featured below) complete this timeless ‘look’.

3. Contrast Materials for a Timeless Arrangement

Dutchbone Alagon Dining Table

Prefer your dining table in a deeper shade?

We’ve got you covered with this traditional dining table from Dutchbone – wrapped lovingly with a 40mm walnut-style veneer.

This warm aesthetic contrasts perfectly with the tapered steel legs – in a classic black powder coated finish, this table will make a traditional centrepiece in any dining setting.

Coordinating chairs and ‘sociable’ benches are available separately – should you prefer to ‘mix up’ your seating.

So simply, pop it down on top of a luxurious indoor rug (yes we sell these too!) and a voila – you have the timeless dining area you’ve always wanted.

4. Add Some Timeless Details

Badalona Dining Table

Having stood the design ‘test of time’, we love incorporating ‘retro feel’ dining furniture within a space.

Take our Badalona dining table for example – its seductively dark acacia, marble and dark walnut stained sections will compliment most decor styles – and is sure to receive admiring glances.

With room for four to six people, a ‘select few’ will experience its traditional vibe – that’s as on-trend today as it’s ever been.

5. Follow the Designer

Zuiver Pair of Recycled Coffee Albert Kuip Chairs

Moulded in design, this pair of ‘dreamy’ ergonomic chairs was inspired by the ‘legendary’ Eames chair – meaning they’re both stylish and ‘comfy’.

Plus, you may recognise them pictured with the Zuiver Glimps Extending Dining Table that we highlighted above.

Featuring timeless solid ash wooden legs, the designer has embraced modern innovation – believe it or not, these seats have been partly constructed from recycled coffee grounds

Surely, drinking your morning coffee seated at one of these chairs will seem all the sweeter given their sustainable benefits for the planet.

Or, maybe, you’re seeking comfortable chairs when working from home – this could be the answer!

6. Introduce Traditional Materials

Pair of Saltburn Dining Chairss

The ‘classic’ style can also refer to the materials chosen.

Just check out the Saltburn set of two dining chairs in the ‘Natural’ option – they combine a woven cord base found in many traditional chairs of ‘yesteryear’ with its solid wood frame.

High quality and sturdy, these timeless chairs can be placed in the dining area or elsewhere in the home – offering truly flexible seating.

They’re also available in ‘Black’ – for a statement ‘take’ on traditional seating.

7. Stack up the ‘Style Points’

Set of 4 Stacks Chairs

Stackable and eternally stylish – you’re bound to enjoy meals and celebrations seated at these sleek chairs.

The stunning steel frame legs and minimal lines make this set of four chairs suited to be stacked – and available in a choice of six colourways, you can achieve a perfectly ‘put together’ dining zone to suit your own decor tastes.

Up to 10 of these chairs can nestle together – note, the add-on trolley rack (sold separately) makes moving these a breeze and is ideal for hosting big events such as weddings.

8. Go Retro!

Pair of Form Wooden Dining Chairs in Brown by BePureHome

Doesn’t this chair invite you to rest awhile!

The same exquisite curves that’ll support your back will also add some seriously timeless design credentials to your dining space.

This makes this seating the perfect choice for board games evenings – where you won’t want to leave the action for a second.

Plus, we think you’ll love the classic contrast of black metal with ash veneer – ‘whispering’ simple elegance and longevity.

9. Pick a Side-Board

Tortona 2 Door 3 Drawer Sideboard

You may remember storing your grandparents’ things within a sideboard, but don’t assume that this style of dining furniture is outdated – rather, it’s a timeless example of dining furniture that helps you to entertain!

Combining practical storage with the gorgeous craftsmanship of the classic chevron inlay – this timeless piece is perfect for storing cutlery and placemats in the three central drawers and two shelves either side.

Swoon at the knots in the grain – it’s made from European oak and oak veneers – and fall back in love with having somewhere to store those essentials for birthdays and special occasions.

Design a Timeless Dining Area with Classic Pieces, Materials and Lines

Classic doesn’t have to mean ‘boring’ – as these nine pieces of furniture have shown. Our emporium brings you beautiful, well-made furniture fit for the dining room (and beyond) for years to come. Find out more about these timeless products by calling +44 (0) 1305 231231, or send us an email. We’ll be happy to advise you!


With more than 10 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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