1960's ranch old galley kitchen - what to do with the space?
lindymoore
May 25, 2014 in Design Dilemma
Hi all- I would really appreciate some suggestions/ideas for the use of this space. The space is the old galley kitchen of a 1960s California ranch. We relocated the kitchen (in the background photo) and have no idea what to do with the space, which is just off the front door and faces the front of the house and measures 11' x 10 1/2'. We've considered a small study, which we don't need or a breakfast nook, which we also don't need. I would really like to utilize it as a formal dining room but there's really not enough space. The wall behind the wine frig is the fireplace, so it can't be moved. Also, we are not committed to keeping the cabinets or anything else. Help!
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Sophie Wheeler
10x11 is more than ample sized for a formal dining room.
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lindymoore
What size table would would you suggest? I currently have seating for 8, so if it's not more than that I'm not sure what purpose it would serve. Ideally I'd like a table for at least 10, maybe 12. Also, do you think it would be odd to walk in the front door and see a dining room?
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carolins
Why don't you make it a great entry to your home? Add some chairs or a bench (or both), mirror, beautiful rug, table...

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lindymoore
Thanks for the pictures. We have considered that as well...we have a family of 7 so we're trying to turn the space into something functional. We may definitely end up with a built in bench and nicer entry.
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Leslie Brooks
Do you have to walk through it to get to any other area of the house? You could have a nice sitting space and a closet or pantry.
1 Like   May 25, 2014 at 6:16PM
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rainymorning
I've long admired the idea of architect Sarah Susanka of having "an away room." It's a cozy little spot for a person or two to sit and relax apart from the rest of the household.
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fissfiss
An uber mud room/pantry! With a family of 7, it's a no- brainer.
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carolins
Here's an ideabook about choosing the right dining table, with all the measurements you should take into account. Follow the link under the pic and get out the tape measure and some sheets (what? yes! :-)) So you can figure out whether you could use it as your desired formal dining room.

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lindymoore
We don't need to walk through it to access the house. I really like the idea of a sitting room or an "away room". The dimensions of the space don't really accommodate a table bigger than 3'x5-6' with adequate room for chairs and I already have a table in the breakfast area that seats 8. We have plenty of space and storage in the kitchen so a pantry isn't really necessary.
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