So, you are thinking of installing a kitchen island in your home? We do enjoy an island here at the Kitchen Warehouse, however, we recommend that you do not take the plunge and have one fitted before you actually decide what you are going to use it for. While islands can and do have several uses, it is better to nail down its primary function first before you pay for it to be installed.

In this blog post, we have taken a look at kitchen islands, why you should design one around a specific purpose and also we will answer the question of whether or not people actually sit and eat at the island itself.

What Purpose Do Kitchen Islands Serve?

Kitchen Islands can cover the five main functions that come with a kitchen – storing, prepping, cooking, eating and washing up. However, it is a good idea to focus the island predominately on one or two of these things.
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The reason for this is that it will contribute to making the design process a lot easier. In fact, an island can fulfil the needs of the five zones in the kitchen. If you are installing a kitchen island for storing and prepping food then you will have less room to sit and eat. Kitchen islands can be multi-purpose, however, it is better to design it based on one or two main reasons.

Is Seating a Good Idea?

It really depends! We had a look at this question previously in another blog – Is It Worth Having A Kitchen Island With Seating? – and if you want to have an island with its main purpose being somewhere to eat then obviously seating is recommended.

You can incorporate seating into an island that does not have its main function as a place to eat. In many cases, this is a good idea as it gives you somewhere to have a quick and informal meal and this brings us onto our last point – do people actually eat at a kitchen island?

Will People Sit at a Kitchen Island to Eat? 

The thing about kitchen islands is that they are informal. You are not going to entertain guests and serve up Christmas dinner at a kitchen island. As an informal dining space, they are great. For meals such as breakfast where you want to eat quickly and get ready for work, they are fantastic. If installing a kitchen island means that you need to sacrifice dining space in your room then we do not recommend one as you will miss that space when it is gone.

So, will people sit at a kitchen island to eat? Yes, but generally only for informal meals, a quick bite to eat or a cup of tea. They are not designed to replace a dining area.

What do you think about sitting to eat at a kitchen island? Is it something that you do or do you think the island is better for food preparation or washing up? You can contact us to let us know by giving us a call 01765 640 000. You can also get in touch via email at

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