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Space optimisati­on in a dining room is primarily about striking a balance between a usable table area and the circulatio­n space, and considerin­g the room size and configurat­ion. Just as essential is the number of people the dining table will have to accommodat­e. Anthropome­trics, which measures the bodies of humans, usually influences design guidelines. Says Lawrence Puah, director of design at Akihaus Design Studio: “About 90cm of clearance from the edge of the dining table to fixtures such as walls, doors, and builtin cabinets allows for easy movement around the dining table and access to seats.” An owner’s lifestyle also plays a role. The tablespace has greater priority than circulatio­n space when one

entertains frequently, so minimise the latter. Alternativ­ely, if the dining area is mainly for the family, a smaller dining table allows more room for movement. Of course, the shape and the size of the table are crucial, too. However, when creating the illusion of space, what the dining table is made from matters, too. “Glass top tables appear lighter than marble or timber ones, which add a more solid appearance within the space,” says Lim Shing Hui, principal architect of L Architects. Chairs are also important. “I typically prefer open-back chairs as they help reduce visual clutter. When paired with a solid table, there is a nice interplay of solid versus light,”

 ?? ?? A solid table and open back chairs minimise visual clutter and achieve an exciting dialogue between solid and light.
A solid table and open back chairs minimise visual clutter and achieve an exciting dialogue between solid and light.

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