ENTERTAINING SPACES: Secrets to Creating Party Places

by | Design & Remodeling, Special Events

mosby pinball arcade

“If you build it, he will come.” – Field of Dreams

…well, not necessarily. Just because you make a pinball room is no guarantee that intense tournaments with friends become a weekly ritual. If the pinball arcade is uncomfortable or poorly lit, you may wind up with a lot of valuable equipment just gathering dust.

There are secrets and guidelines to creating spaces that people flock to for a good time. For instance, there are precise measurements for optimal poker, foosball and pool tables. 

Check out more photos of this recreational basement on our Pinterest board: RECREATION BASEMENT.

mosby craft room work table

The most impressive-looking craft room will be a bust if your feet or back hurt every time you use it. Creativity requires comfort.

A table height between 32”-36” lets most people work comfortably when standing or sitting on a bar-height chair. Start with a table top that is a minimum of 30” wide, which is enough room to work and still be able to reach everything. Increase or decrease the size based on what craft you will do most on the surface. For instance, quilting needs a much larger tabletop for all that fabric!

mosby childrens craft room

For a craft room dedicated to the kids, chair height is the most important part to get right. Their feet should be flat on the floor and knees bent at a 90 degree angle. Once you have the right height chair, pick a table that is 8” above the chair seat.

See more detail shots of these craft rooms on our Pinterest board: CRAFT ROOMS.

mosby dining room chandelier

For meals that turn into lingering conversation and warm memories, you need to pick a table to fit the size of the dining room. It requires a bare minimum of 36” between the table edge and the wall, with 45”-48” inches of space being ideal. Each guest needs a minimum of 24” of table surface; 30” provides the elbow room needed for ultimate comfort.  In general, you need at least 12” between the seat of the chair and the tabletop, and guests’ feet should be able to rest flat on the floor.

For a closer look at that wine bottle chandelier, check out our Pinterest board: DINING ROOM.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the secrets of creating entertaining spaces. Mosby designers Laura Powderly and Jill Worobec will be sharing more tips and tricks at the October 12, 2016 free seminar, Entertaining Spaces. 

For guidance and inspiration on making yours the St. Louis go-to party place, work with the Mosby Building Arts design-build team by calling 314.909.1800 or contact us here.