A kitchen island is something that can add incredible value and much needed space to your home.
We love a well designed and practical island here at the Kitchen Warehouse LTD. If you are a regular reader of our blog then you will know that we mention kitchen islands a lot!
Even though the benefits of having an island are well known, do you need a kitchen island with seating? Not every kitchen island needs to create space for you to eat at.
This week we want to look at whether or not you should have seating options at your island to help you create the best design for your room.
Why You Should Have A Kitchen Island With Seating
A kitchen island can actually serve multiple purposes and two of these are giving you space not only to prep food but also space to eat your meals at too. An island isn’t really the area for any sort of formal dining but for breakfast, a quick lunch or a casual dinner it is a great option to have.
It also means that you don’t necessarily need a table and chairs. If you are a bit pushed for space then a kitchen island with seating can give you both somewhere to eat and also extra room to prep and cook food. In fact, we looked at this very reason on one of our previous blog posts – Some Design Ideas For A Small Kitchen.
Seating can create a real informal and casual atmosphere to eating meals while also giving you the chance to save on space in other parts of the room too.
What If You Have A Lot Of Space?
The flip side of this is that eating at a kitchen island can be pretty informal. It isn’t the place you want to eat when you are entertaining your partner’s parents for the first time.
If you have space in your kitchen for a proper dining table and chairs then seating at the island probably isn’t worth it. You can combine the two in a hybrid where you have both an informal and a formal place to eat however if you don’t have a lot of room to prep food then forgoing seating can give you valuable space. You can add a small wall decal there to brighten things up.
For larger kitchen’s an island can be solely used for food preparation rather than somewhere to eat meals.
What Do You Think?
Kitchen islands can be as standard or as custom as you want them to be.
You can have an island that is made for both food preparation, storage and eating or you can simply have an island that doesn’t have any seating space and is used to make meals and store appliances.
Much of this depends on the size of the room. The larger the room then the less need there is to have a place to sit.
So, what do you think about having a kitchen island with seating? Is an island more suited to storage and food preparation or do you think that informal dining is a core aspect of it’s function?
We love hearing feedback from our readers so let us know!