Ideas for Kitchen Islands With a Seating

Sujata Iyer Oct 25, 2018
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Kitchen islands with seating serve a lot of purposes in the kitchen. What are they? Read to find out!
Kitchen islands are a fairly common component of any kitchen. They have a tremendous functional value and add a classy look and feel to your kitchen. While most homes have kitchen islands that serve as a cutting and chopping spot, many people prefer kitchen islands with seating too.
Apart from looking good, they also provide suitable seating arrangement in the kitchen. There is so much variety in the kitchen island plans and designs to choose from. Here is a useful guide for nice and fancy kitchen island with seating for 4 or more.

Points to Remember

Before going to the various designs and ideas for custom kitchen islands, some basic points need to be consider. They are the practical nitty-gritty of designing a kitchen island that can serve as a seating area as well as a place to get the cooking done. Consider given some points while thinking of a kitchen island with seating.
  • The first thing that you need to decide is the number of people that you want to provide the seating arrangement for. Is it going to be seating for four or for more than four people? Once the number of seats is decided, you can go ahead with the other planning.
  • Once you've decided the seating, you need to make sure that the plan that you have, meshes with the already existing components of your kitchen. Don't get a totally contradicting arrangement that makes the entire kitchen look like a flea market.
  • Also, if you want to have a seating and a storage area, then make sure that the cabinets beneath the counter are well concealed and the counter protrudes a considerable distance from the end of the cabinets creating the minimal leg room. 
  • If seating arrangement is your priority, then better option would be a kitchen island that does not have cabinets beneath it. Instead, you can have simple leg posts in wrought iron or wood.
  • For kitchen islands with seating and sinks, consider the plumbing of the sink. As the kitchen island is in the center of the kitchen. Ensure that the plumbing is secured. You don't want a watery mess bang in the center of your kitchen!
  • If you want a breakfast bar, it should not be too high or too low. Finalize the island's height taking into consideration the adults and the kids who will be having meals at the island. Kids and their friends may have breakfast at the island!

Kitchen Islands with Seating

Now that you have a basic idea of what to do and what not to do while planning a kitchen island with seating, have a look at some design ideas.
  • A good kitchen island idea is one that does not have any concealed cabinets beneath it. A combination of wood and marble will work perfectly. A pristine white marble counter, with some plain wooden stools in a dark wood color will look nice.
  • Another idea is a combination of marble or granite with wrought iron seating. Here, the counter is smooth marble or granite and for seating, you can either have antique style stools or chairs.
The comfort level of wrought iron stools or chairs is debatable. But you can eliminate that by using cushioned stools or chairs. Ensure that the seat and the back of the chair are both cushioned with a fabric in a color that goes with the other d├ęcor of your kitchen.
The latest rage in kitchen islands are portable ones. They are especially suitable for people who live in apartments that do not allow for a fixed kitchen island. A portable island will serve as a seating area right in the kitchen, and when you have guests over, you can move it to the living room.
Kitchen islands with seating is always a good idea. It saves a lot of space and also increases the interaction between the family members. Chat with them while you prepare the meal and while eating, you don't have to go all the way to the kitchen for seconds. So, it is truly a practical and functional addition that you ought to make to your kitchen.
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