Kitchen Islands with Seating
Whether it's a simple counter overhang or an elaborate island extension with multiple heights and surfaces, these interesting, architectural islands ideas will have you clamoring to dine in tonight.
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Great for Gathering
Gather around! Prep, serve, dine -- this kitchen island with counter stools has space to do it all. The common configuration is a winner for any design style.
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Small Kitchen Seating
Simply extending the island countertop and adding supports creates a slight overhang, where seating feels natural and at home, even in a small kitchen.
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Prep and Peninsula
In a compact layout, it’s best to keep seating out of the kitchen’s work core. Barstools along the peninsula let friends and family gather yet stay clear of the action.
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In an uncommon but stunning setup, this formal dining table sits at the heart of the kitchen, making it easy for hosts to serve, clean up, and entertain.
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Use a corner of an island to designate a place to plan meals, pay bills, or to simply enjoy a cup of coffee. Turned legs and beaded board give a furniture feel to the island.
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Come Right In
A pair of cushy stools tucked away makes for a comfortable place to enjoy a casual meal or hang with the cook during meal prep.
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An elevated height designates this dining area, where barstools tuck entirely out of the way. The lower counter at the island’s other end is the right height for kitchen prep work.
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Table + Island = Perfection
Combine a bank of cabinetry with a farmhouse-inspired table design for a custom island with room to gather.
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Add casters for bonus function. When stationary, it’s a spot to talk to the chef or to stop and enjoy a cookbook. But, the wheels give it go power, allowing you to push it wherever you might need an extra work surface. Top the island with butcher block for a warm and functional material.
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Stools with Style
Simple brackets support an extension of the island’s surface for casual family meals. Stools in a vibrant color add a fun surprise to the decor.
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A table extension off the island differentiates prep space (the island) and dining space (the table) for separate experiences in the same room.
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Kitchens with the luxury of extra square footage sometimes feature two islands -- one hardworking space for kitchen prep and cleanup and a second for seating. This allows guests to be near the action without getting underfoot.
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To keep a kitchen with clean lines and cool colors from going minimalist add a furniture-inspired island and modern, sleek seating for a happy style blend.
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Turn a nontraditional nook of space into counter seating for one -- perfect for prepping, planning, or enjoying the view.
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On the Bench
If you want to avoid a tangle of stools at your kitchen island, opt for upholstered bench seating. Available in a variety of sizes and fabric styles, bench seating adds softness to the kitchen island.
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Leather stools provide a comfortable, low-profile perch at the kitchen island that's warm and easy to clean. The side panels of this island help corral stools and keep everything tidy.