Societal changes and eating habits have led to the death of the formal dining room as the desire for open-plan living spaces and entertaining grows.
Four Wagga property experts and a mum all agreed that dining tables have now become "morphed" with the kitchen.
Local builder Wayne Carter said he has not built a separate dining room for at least 15 years but the table has not been lost.
"The dining room hasn't really disappeared; it's morphed into the meals area and family room," he said.
"The table might just be off the family room but not in a formal area because I think we are not as formal as we once were.
"More emphasis has been placed on outdoor areas, with open fire and entertaining outside than the traditional areas where it used to be good stuff that nobody could use - people have come out of the dark ages and are more practical."
Mr Carter said a more inclusive society has meant that families are choosing to share spaces and be in the one spot.
Similarly property designer Margaret Hull, from Styled By Blondes, said Australian living has become more casual, which might differ from European countries.
"Looking at a lot of properties that I have styled, the living, dining and kitchen are all so connected and I think this is a representation of how we live today," Ms Hull said.
"Formal dining areas are often turned into study or office spaces and in the '70s there was a disconnection of eating and being formal, but now it's much more relaxed."
Ms Hull said despite society at the moment being more casual, formal dining rooms making a comeback could not be ruled out.
"We're definitely so far removed from being formal but I think everything does go around and there certainly could be a resurgence that could perhaps bring more formality within homes," she said.
Wagga mum Helen Mundy said her family's eating habits have changed since she was a child and her current home does not feature a formal dining room.
"We have an open-plan area for the kitchen, dining and living space but we have a dining table and eat there a minimum of four nights a week," Ms Mundy said.
"Friday is more relaxed, as is Sunday, and Saturday will depend on what we're doing, but we're very keen to sit at the table with our children and talk about the day.
"When I was a child we would eat in front of the TV one night a week, so we're slightly less strict but not much and we have breakfast as much as we can together, with Sunday comprising of a big family breakfast."
Ms Mundy said her childhood home had a separate formal dining table that was only used on special occasions.
"It was very formal and only used for birthdays, parties or at Christmas and the table I used to sit at for dinner would have the TV on and we would watch the news," she said.
"However, now I make sure no TV is on and we just talk."
Like Ms Mundy, builder and developer Anthony Corbett said a lot of families would still utilise a dining table for their nightly meals.
"I still think a lot of families, that I know of, sit around the dining table to have their night time meal, it's just that it is now in the same area as the kitchen," he said.
"You hear a lot about people changing habits and eating on the lounge with plates on their laps, but I haven't experienced that happening."
Mr Corbett said the majority of his newly built homes or renovations and extensions feature a kitchen and dining all in one area.
"Some older clients like to have a separate formal dining room, but most homes have a dining table that can also be utilised for parties," he said.
"I think a lot of people now have a butler's pantry and when it comes to entertaining, they've got guests sitting around the dining and kitchen benches and they tend to throw things in the pantry.
"We're living a little differently and a lot of families will eat at the kitchen bench or bar as it's more communal and social to be all together rather than in separate areas."
Mr Corbett said he doubts the formal dining room will make a comeback as younger generations do not feel the need.
Building designer Glenn Sewell said there will always be a need for dining tables, especially with large families.
"It's not the death of dining, but more the manor style where servants would come in and bring in your meals and this is not the case anymore - it's much more open plan," he said.
"Dining in the formal sense is not really getting designed as it's an older tradition and only sometimes I create an area for formal dining when it's a client's family heirloom table.
"We're seeing more main living areas in an open space in apartments, where the dining space is more incorporated in the kitchen with island benches and serveries."