What People Do in Dining Rooms (Hint: Not Eat)
An IKEA survey reveals that many people never eat in their dining room or kitchen
Published June 13, 2015
Do you eat your meals in front of the TV rather than at your dining room or kitchen table? If so, you're not alone.
Of the 8,527 people surveyed worldwide by IKEA during 2014, 36 percent said they never eat in their dining room or kitchen on weekdays.
The company released the survey results in March as part of its series, which explores the home life of people all over the world. Respondents hailed from eight different cities in eight different countries.
New Yorkers were ranked sixth, at 32 percent, on the list of cities whose residents were least likely to eat in their dining room or kitchen during the week. Berliners were ranked first, at 54 percent.
So what are people doing with their kitchens and dining rooms? Using them for work and storage or leaving them unused until a holiday or other special occasion.
Some homeowners, like the newlyweds behind the Our Tennessee Home blog, decided to to increase their home's living room space. After removing a dining room–centric light fixture; replacing the room's flooring, for a more cohesive look; and adding curtains that matched the living room's, they created two adjoining living areas.
What do you do with your kitchens and dining rooms? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us a picture of your unused or recycled dining areas!