10 Incredible Kitchen Islands With Sinks and Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating
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Guests and relatives and everyone alike will feel right at home when they socialize with you in your spacious kitchen. And the one thing that draws them—and keeps them—will be your kitchen island with seating for all.

Multiple configurations abound, and with enough time and imagination, you'll find just the perfect set-up to make your kitchen the one that everyone will remember. One secret to effective island seating arrangement is to remember to leave 32 inches behind diners (to pull chairs in or out) and 15 inches on each side between diners for elbow room.

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    Multi-Purpose Space

    Hamilton Arctic White Kitchen Island With Seating
    All Wood Cabinetry

    Kitchen islands with seating give your workspace and dining space and overall increased utility. Instead of shuttling plates back and forth from dining room to kitchen, it's a simple matter to slide them right on over to the diner—just a few feet away.

    One downside is that you cut into your kitchen workspace. In the case of this featured kitchen island, its only work functions are as a general food prep area—leaving much room for dining. It's a sink-island, the classic way to free up plenty of room for eating.

    This kitchen is from All Wood Cabinetry, and the design is Hamilton Arctic White. All Wood Cabinetry features mainly traditional-style wood cabinetry (yes, it's all wood, too), and is Costco's supplier for cabinets. Plus, everything from All Wood Cabinetry is made in the U.S.

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    Just Enough Room for What You Want

    Haven Biscuit Glaze Kitchen Islands With Seating
    All Wood Cabinetry

    Who said that your kitchen island seating had to accommodate the entire Brady Bunch? Sometimes it's enough just to have enough space for one person, namely you. With a cup of coffee and a cookbook, as you put together that evening's meal.

    It can be space enough for a friend to chat with you as you cook. From All Wood Cabinetry, this design is called Haven Biscuit Glaze.

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    Seating for the Kitchen Supervisors in Your Life

    Westport Cinnamon Kitchen Island Two Chairs
    All Wood Cabinetry

    This kitchen island has seating for two people in an unusual L-shaped arrangement. The company is All Wood Cabinetry and the design is Westport Cinnamon.

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    Always Room for 1 More

    Lancaster Toffee Glaze Kitchen Island With Seat
    All Wood Cabinetry

    The point of this kitchen island isn't seating; it's more like an afterthought.

    The only concession made for island seating is the roughly 8 inches of cantilevered (extended) counter at one end, so you can slip a diner's knees under. But it still does the trick. From Costco cabinet supplier All Wood Cabinetry, this is Lancaster Toffee Glaze.

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    Dual Level Eating/Workspace

    Kitchen Island Seating Bi-Level

    As mentioned before, one problem with kitchen islands with seating is that dining space can "eat up" workspace or vice-versa.

    With this dual-level kitchen island, the dining space is clearly delineated from the prep area. This is a very dependable and serviceable design from Kraftmaid: Square Raised Panel in Cream-Colored Thermfoil.

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    Enough Seating for All

    Kraftmaid Kitchen Island Seating Chairs

    This island accommodates four chairs to seat the entire family. The arrangement is definitely for an "entertaining kitchen." From Kraftmaid, this is a Canvas finish, with Square Raised Panels on Solid Maple.

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    Contemporary Kitchen Islands With Seating

    Kraftmaid Kitchen Seating Modern

    This contemporary kitchen island features modern-style adjustable acrylic seats, a cantilevered counter, and plenty of storage (including wine storage) on the right side of the island. From Kraftmaid, the design is Biscotti finish. Square Recessed Panel on Veneer Maple.

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    French Country Kitchen Seating

    Kraftmaid Seats at Kitchen Islands

    The feeling of the French countryside with this kitchen island seating arrangement. Note the columns on both sides of the seats which enclose the space and add highlights of grandeur. A sophisticated island seating design from Kraftmaid. Design is Biscotti with Cocoa Glaze on Square Raised Panel. Solid Maple wood construction.

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    Simple Kitchen Island (Or Table) With Seating

    Kraftmaid Simple Kitchen Island With Seating

    A simple arrangement: a kitchen table from Kraftmaid has two stools. It doesn't get more basic than this. Finish: Biscotti with Coconut Glaze. Square Recessed Panel on Solid Maple.

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    Cherry Wood and Glass Doors

    Kraftmaid Kitchen Island and Chairs

    This kitchen island from Kraftmaid has plenty of seating options. The style is Honey Glaze finish on Square Recessed Panel design cabinetry. Wood is solid cherry construction.

    Glass inset doors complete the picture of this free-and-easy kitchen island.