How the Invention of the Dining Room Revolutionized Domestic Life

How the Invention of the Dining Room Revolutionized Domestic Life

For families and friends gathering for Thanksgiving dinner this year, chances are that many of them will gather at some point in rooms called the “dining room.”

For most middle-class Americans, maintaining a formal dining room for ritualized forms of entertainment popular decades ago is no longer especially popular.

Yet, most homes still have a room separate from the kitchen for meals with larger gatherings or when the entire immediate family assembles. A 2016 survey, for example, suggested that 78 percent of American homes have a dining room.

Unlike with bedrooms and kitchens, however, interior designers and…

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