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Design Ideas for Dining Rooms Featuring Transom Windows

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Transom Window Over an Opening in a Dining Room

The most common use of a transom for a dining room is over an opening that leads into the room. The transoms below are placed in cased openings in our standard installation.

OVER OPENING: Beautiful stained transom over an opening to dining room


OVER OPENING: Another example of a TR-1 pattern transom over an opening


Below is a variation on a standard opening where the mull between the transom and the opening below is made larger for effect. The exact thickness of the mull can vary to match surrounding elements.

OVER OPENING: A taller mull coordinates casing design with transom placement


OVER OPENING: Multiple openings with tall mulls surround this dining room


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Transom Window Above Exterior Windows in a Dining Room

Dining rooms are almost always placed along exterior walls with windows. Transoms can be added over these windows to add additional light or to coordinate the design between the exterior windows and other interior transoms in the home.

ABOVE WINDOWS: Built-in dining area with transoms that make the look


ABOVE WINDOWS: Transoms connect this dining room with outdoors


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Transom Window Over Doors in a Dining Room

Although single doors to a dining room are less common than their double door counterpart, the transom above a single door in a dining room can be used to set a style for the room or connect the room to an adjacent room like a butler’s pantry.

OVER SINGLE DOOR: Single door, but lots of style thanks to the transom


Ordinary double doors are less common, but occasionally the door storage issues can be solved in the adjacent room. When done properly, transoms are a good way to make the opening feel larger and more connective between the two adjoining rooms.

OVER DOUBLE DOOR: Door storage in opposite room is key in dining rooms


Pocket doors are common for dining rooms because storage of doors along dining room walls is problematic. Adding a transom above the pocket doors requires careful planning, but can really enhance an opening — especially for ceilings over 9 feet.

OVER POCKET DOORS: Properly planned, this installation can be very impressive


Transom Window Above Exterior Doors in a Dining Room

Double doors are less common for dining rooms but also provide an opportunity to coordinate interior and exterior styles while bringing the maximum amount of light into the room.

DOUBLE DOOR: This example was a good opportunity to coordinate openings - interior and exterior


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Transom Window Overhead in Wall in a Dining Room

Interior transoms between rooms can be placed overhead between dining rooms and adjoining rooms like living rooms or halls. If properly designed — as the pictures below attest — transoms overhead between rooms can make dining rooms very unique. .

OVERHEAD IN WALL: Rare, but done correctly can very unique


Transom Window Overhead in Exterior Wall in a Dining Room

Overhead transoms are uniquely suited for dining rooms because these leave lower wall space available for furniture or pictures.

OVERHEAD IN WALL: Transoms allow light into dining rooms while leaving walls free


Transom Window in Wall Between Dining Room and Another Room

Operating or non-operating transoms can be placed between rooms in the middle of walls for a more extensive connection between the rooms.

BETWEEN ROOMS: Impressive windows in wall between rooms above opening


BETWEEN ROOMS: Operating windows connect two rooms together


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