The dining room is, by definition, a purpose-built space. Unlike your living room, which will serve multiple purposes over the course of its lifetime, your dining room is solely a place for eating and entertaining.
Reminds me of what my mom did in my parent's kitchen. She used produce crates as drawers. Wooden Crate Storage - Turn wooden crates into unique kitchen storage by adding drawer pulls, which makes it easier to pull the crates out from the shelves.