We have a free standing dinette but the way it was put in was a bit uncomfortable to get in and out if you were on the inside. Since it's normally just going to be DH and I, we unscrewed the dinette footing and turned the table, put it flush up against the wall on two sides. That way we fit two longways and one sideways, which is more than enough for what we need. It also puts the chairs facing out the window so you can have your coffee/meals looking out the window instead of at the person sitting across from you. It hasn't limited our ability to entertain...3 can sit there, two in the recliners, three on the sofa and two at the end of the island where the bar stools go while someone cooks. We got a set of 4 tv trays so that everybody (except one) has an eating surface. We've had 9 people over for meals several times and it's worked out great. I know that a built in dinette has storage underneath but at our age (and to be honest, our girth), they just don't work. And if in the future we want to remove the table and chairs and put in a work space or something, it will be very easy to do. Or we can always easily put it back the way it was. It's a little hard to see in this picture but now that there's only 3 chairs, each one has way more room.
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