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Metro x Mocka

Building a dining room from scratch

Metro x Mocka

Mar 9, 2023 City Life

Design should be fun; it should be personal; it should be easy – and especially so when it comes to the place you live, eat, and relax in every day. Mocka makes it simple for design to be all of those things: a convenient portal where you can find furniture and decor that works for whatever life stage, or lifestyle, you’re in. 

There’s obviously an immense sense of satisfaction as you move through the process of imagining a room that feels wholly of you and your family, and to then see it materialise once all the bits and pieces come together. It’s a little bit like magic. The big piece may pull you in first – that beautiful big bed, the enviable buffet– and then the smaller stuff – a sleek mirror or a sweet wall shelf, appears around it after.

Mocka has a combination of timeless pieces that transcend the fashions of any specific moment, and more trendy bits and bobs that will make you feel happy to come home to. Versatility together with the low price tag is what makes it accessible – because so many of the options work in tandem, with similar contemporary lines and a soothing, modern colour palette, you can effortlessly put together your ideal set-up through your screen. 

Here are some options for how to build your own dining room:

For smaller dining rooms, little breakfast nooks, or an apartment where space-saving is front-of-mind, we like the practical but compact Reese 4 Seater Dining Table in White. The gently sloping legs criss-cross over each other, lending a point of interest and counterbalance to the circular top, with its rounded edges. For a monotone look that would look great if your space is already full of colourful knick-knacks, we like it paired with the Xavier Dining Chair. Its tight weaving creates an element of texture for the table to bounce off, and the slanted legs are complementary to the dining table. For those who are looking for table and chairs, mix and match and bundle into a package for greater value.

If you have a bit more room to play with, or a bigger family, the Zander 6 Seater Dining Table is sleek and spacious, with a bright white tabletop that makes it ideal to style settings or centrepieces on. With such a larger dining table, we like the idea of playing around with mix-and-match chairs. You could slot in a couple of Leon Occasional Chairs in Natural, which you could always swap out and use around the house as desk chairs if you want a change of scenery someday; add in a bench on one length of the table; and then utilise two of the chairs you already own, lying around the house elsewhere.

And if you’re low on time or don’t know where to start – Mocka does dining table packages which take the guesswork and stress out of it all. Also enjoy better value when you bundle your table and chairs into a package. We like this Zander Six Seater Dining Package that comes in a more neutral, Scandinavian colour palette, but also an elegant and striking all-black. 

Dining room styling is also more than just the table and chairs. If you find that things aren’t quite right, it may be because you’re missing a bit of personality. You could add some storage in the form of a buffet, which also gives you a dedicated area to store tableware and display a beautiful lamp or fresh flowers.We recommend the Oslo Buffet – White for something more understated with clean lines.

To browse Mocka’s wide selection for yourself, including its dining tables and chairs, visit



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