The Ultimate Dining Room Essential List – Best Utensils, Tables, Plates & More

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The Ultimate Dining Room Essential List – Best Utensils, Tables, Plates & More is part of our on-going series of household checklists for a well-functioning home!

Dining Room Essentials

 

When we started our research journey, we were full of confusion and frustration as we began our search for the best dining room essential list.

But after months of interview and research we learned exactly which item one needs (and doesn’t need) to stock a fully functional and multi-purpose dining room.

A simple but elegant dining room can be achieved with just the bare essentials. Select your crockery and cutlery and make sure that you have enough plates, side plates and bowls to cover each course. A tablecloth is great for hiding a less than perfect table and, for really smart dining, nothing beats crisp white linen. Don’t forget a cotton or linen napkin at each place.

Note: We’ve tried to make it easy to navigate this dining room essentials list and find what you need right away. For this reason, we’ve organized our recommendations in to titles below that link to the items description.

And each of these contains items that are categorized into economy, recommended, and premium picks. That is, except those rare items that combine such high-quality and great value that they stand alone as a clear winner. We also have at the end of this post dining room essential packs for new home, restaurant, bar and start up cafe business.

Please note that the images in this post are for illustrative purpose only and do not recommend endorsement for the particular product.

Let’s dig in to the best high quality and versatile dining room essentials that provide the most value for your money.

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If you’ve only ever used a cheap chef’s knife for your cooking needs, switching to a high quality knife will be a night and day difference. Seriously, when we upgraded to a high quality chef’s knife we couldn’t believe how much sharper, heavier, and easier it was to cut and chop with the quality knife.

And since you can use a chef’s knife for all of your cutting needs (and use it every time you cook), one high-quality purchase will serve you for years to come.

We’ve tested several different chef’s knives with different price points and designs, and we now recommend the various types below. Your collection should include Butchers knife, Paring knife, Boning knife, Chef knife and Bread knife.

They are an absolute workhorse; comes at a very reasonable price, lighter and easier to handle and maintain and we’re sure they won’t disappoint you.

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Host chairs, side chairs, arm chairs

 

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Buffet, sideboard, console

 

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Server, serving cart, Baker’s Rack

 

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Table Linens

Food always feels fancier when it’s served atop a beautiful tablecloth. Plates always appear prettier when they’re on placemats.

And you know what’s classier than a paper napkin in your lap? A cloth one.

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Servingware

Serve up something special and display it on your most prized platters and plates. To cover all your bases, have a cake stand for desserts and a great multi-purpose serving dish to hold everything from side dishes to cheese and crackers.

Make sure guests aren’t left empty-handed when it’s time to toast the hostess! Though it’s hard to have glasses for every type of drink, we recommend keeping styles that serve your drink of choice—wine, highballs, pint—you get the idea.

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Wallpaper or Paint

Creating a warm and inviting ambiance begins with the walls. Unless you’re going for the whitewashed minimalist look, it’s important to bring a little color to your dining space, preferably with an intricate wallpaper or bright paint.

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Mirror

If your space is boxy or you simply want it to feel bigger, mirrors add instant depth and light into a room. Before you hang, move your mirror around on each wall so you can pick your favorite view to reflect. Don’t be afraid to experiment with shapes and multiples!

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Art

Whether you’ve earmarked them for the walls or are simply opting for a casual stack against the wall, a colorful print can really go the distance when it comes to the decor of a room.

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Bar Cart

A party isn’t complete sans some spirits, and a well-stocked bar cart—or tray, for the small-space dwellers—should go without saying. Don’t interrupt dinner with a mad dash to the fridge. Have an ice bucket chilled and on hand to keep everything from champagne to juice boxes perfectly chilled.

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Console Table

It doesn’t matter how spacious your dining table is, you always need room for overflow. A well-positioned console table is the perfect perch for extra platters of food. When not in use, display your favorite dishes or a few household plants.

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Plants

Greenery goes a long way in the dining room. If you’re short on space, find a tall plant stand to keep some succulents in a corner. Still working on that green thumb? Start with air planters on the wall or in a hanging vessel.

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Vase, urns, pitchers

From sprigs of pine in the winter to branches of freesia in the summer, keep a favorite vessel on hand to house eye-popping arrangements year-round.

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Candles & Holders

Nothing is more romantic than dining under a soft glow. We love elegant tapers on the table or a bunch of tea lights in a row. For more drama, opt for hurricanes or holders in unique shapes. Just remember to keep scented ones unlit when you’re eating.

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Ice Bucket

Don’t interrupt dinner with a mad dash to the fridge. Keep everything from champagne to juice boxes chilled in a sleek ice bucket.

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Platters

Serve up something special and display it on your most prized platters and plates. To cover all your bases, have a cake stand for desserts and a great multi-purpose serving dish to hold everything from side dishes to cheese and crackers.

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Wine bar, wine caddy, wine rack

 

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Wall clock, table clock

 

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Screen, room divider

 

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Rug, carpet pad

 

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Ceiling light fixtures and bulbs

 

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Lanterns, hurricanes

 

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Napkins, napkin rings

 

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Baskets, boxes

 

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Crystal glassware

 

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Trays, serving platters, trivets

 

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Serving utensils

 

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Tea/coffee service

 

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Chair covers, pillows

 

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China service, dinnerware

 

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Food Storage Containers

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Food Containers

High quality food storage containers are essential for bringing lunch to work and storing ingredients (or cooked meals) in the refrigerator so they stay fresh for several days. Our recommended glass containers are dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, and oven safe and are made from environmentally friendly glass (instead of plastic).

Some are set of three containers with locking lids, which is great for a single cook who plans on taking their lunch to work. If you cook for your family or significant other and need more than three containers containers, try our premium option which comes in a bigger set.

 

Conclusion & Call For Contribution

Fully stocking an efficient dining room with essentials don’t have to be frustrating or cost a lot of money. By purchasing only high-quality multi-purpose items that have a strong value proposition, you can end up with a fully stocked dining room that will last a lifetime (without costing you an arm and a leg!).

The Health2Wealth Team seeks contributions that tell review and testimonial stories about the use and benefit of dining room essentials. Be creative. Be inspiring. Be inclusive. In keeping with the theme, we will embrace creative proposals that demonstrate how the product directly impact and improve living standard. When you submit review or testimonials, you automatically earn points.

 

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Jetro Olowole (A.K.A. The Business Quadrants Guy) is a Wellness Coach, Business Development Manager, Trainer, Author and Consultant in Digital Marketing and Social Selling for organizations. My Business Coaching program will challenge your thinking, goals and willingness to grow and build passive income business.

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