Once, it was commonplace for families to sit down on Victorian balloon back dining chairs round a large extended table, and eat together. Yet according to a recent survey carried out by Lloyds TSB Home Insurance, formal dining is a thing of the past in many homes. From Kendal to the Ribble Valley, antique dining tables and Victorian dining chairs regularly turn up at antique furniture auctions – but how many go under the hammer is another matter.
The survey of 2000 households across the British Isles revealed a marked trend towards casual dining. During the past decade, there has been a 50% increase in the number of open plan kitchen diners, with three out of every ten people now having no separate dining room. This has been reflected in the antiques world. In areas like Cumbria, antique balloon backed dining chairs and large pedestal dining tables were once widely sought after – now, they often fail to find a buyer. The same is true of silver flatware.
However, all is not lost. With home DIY projects now a common alternative to moving home, the survey was a telling indictment of how the demand for antiques has changed to accommodate modern trends. Garages have been converted into bedrooms, and en suite bathrooms and offices added to lofts. 40% of properties now incorporate a utility room, and one in 50 have a home gym.
From antique desks to Open Bookcases, Lancashire antique dealers will always try to accommodate their customers’ needs – and all these areas need furnishing.
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