This is the dining room in our house (under renovations). The bar makes it somewhat of a tight area.
Would you rather have:
A- traditional style dining room in center of room, even though it’s in a main walkway to kitchen & backyard
B- banquet/bench seating (photo for inspo) against window wall? This opens up the walkway area significantly but leaves a lot of blank space. The window will be widened and replaced, will relocate and buy new chandelier, etc.
A, the other option looks awkward. The other choice would be the placement of B, but moved up (under the light) and placed short side against the wall. It would look better with a longer table.
But chose what you like.
I always thought tables should be centered under the lighting
I think you could do B and then on the large empty wall you could as custom built in or a large storage cabinet that would blend with kitchen to give the room a finished look
A, I’ve had B and it is not good long term. I hated it. It’s like sliding into a cheap restaurant’s booth.
What if you combined elements of both and put your bench against the long wall and move your table and light fixture over to create more space between the bar and table. That way you don’t have to worry about moving the baseboard heat or the cold/heat from windows while eating. Also easier to get out when it’s not a u-shaped bench.
I’d go with A and eliminate the bar stools, but if you go with B then you could use a “swag kit” to shift the chandelier without moving the electrical box.