Whether you use your dining area for meals every day, only on special occasions, or hardly at all, the room can be so much more than simply a place to dine. We asked designer Sara Gilbaneknown for her rich and layered interiorsfor expert tips and ideas for layouts that help maximize the often underutilized space..Chairs. Design Chango Co. Dining chairs should have enough clearance to fit under the table and ample elbow room for your guests. Rug. Design Natalie Myers. Buffets and China Cabinets. Design dmar interiors. Statement Lighting. Design Wake Loom Design..The design experts at HGTV.com share five fresh ways to rethink traditional dining room arrangements..