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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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 an island with an overhang, the traditional way to create a dining table and free up plenty of room for eating.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Just Enough Room for What You Want
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. Take a seat 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. This design by Mindy Gayer is small and compact, keeping the chairs out of sight when not being used—yet is an ideal space for a couple of people.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Kitchen Island With Dining Table Nearby
The seating in this luxurious kitchen island may be non-existent, the dining table close by help make up for it. With the golden handles and plenty of storage options, the island is already doing plenty of work—but add in the sink feature and it's clear how multi-purpose it truly is.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Always Room for One More
The point of this kitchen island from Afro Boho Living isn't seating; it's more like an afterthought. However, add two chairs and it creates a cozy corner to eat or sip coffee in the mornings.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Dual Level Eating/Workspace
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 D Burns Interiors, which is built into the wall framework yet isn't impeded in any way.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Contemporary Kitchen Islands With Seating
This marble setup from Brophy Interiors looks small, but includes seating and a sleek sink. It's a perfect compact piece that still delivers on the necessary aspects of a kitchen.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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Seating and Open Storage
Kitchen islands that include storage are lovely, but open storage can really open up some possibilities. This kitchen from Burchard Design Co. proves our point—the playful pink hue sets the island apart, yet the open shelving on the one side allows for storage of dishes and other items, while the available space on the right is perfect for a few stools to be used when ready.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Farmhouse Island With Sink and Seating
This quaint farmhouse style kitchen is given a modern lift with a navy island that includes plenty of seating. The addition of the sink with gold faucets adds a bit of flair without compromising the aesthetic (or function).Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Statement Piece in More Ways Than One
This kitchen designed by Emily Henderson boasts warm wood and white pieces—except for the island, that is. The black and white island creates a stark contrast to the rest of the room, making it a strong focal point. Add a few chairs and the luxurious fold faucet, and no one is taking their eyes off of it.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Unique Designs and Gold Accents
This island boasts some interesting features—most notable is the interesting mix of open and closed storage it entails. The open corners are a perfect place to display cookbooks and small decor, while the closed cabinets can keep bulkier items out of the way. The added sink gives the space additional purpose beyond a storage unit.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Pull Up a Chair (or Two)
While stools are perfectly acceptable options for an island, you have to admire the boldness of these two cushioned swivel chairs paired with this white and blue island. The island does find its place cozied up against a wall, yet there is still plenty of space to wine and dine.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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A Marvelous Marble Masterpiece
Having a space that does it all can feel like an impossible task. However, the marble island in this kitchen by Brophy Interiors certainly has its work cut out for it. The overhang creates plenty of room for multiple people to dine, and the kitchen sink located on the other end is in the ideal spot for cleanup afterward.
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Seating All the Way Around
Why stick to seating on just one side of an island? In this kitchen designed by Emily Henderson, you don't have to. This marble-topped piece has plenty of room to seat four comfortably—and possibly even more.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Leave Plenty of Elbow Room
This gorgeous kitchen from Erin Williamson Design wins anyone over with its stunning backsplash and vibrant blue/white color scheme. The kitchen island has worked with three seats, providing plenty of elbow room for those who choose to dine there.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Its More Than Sinks
Kitchen islands can make an excellent home for seating and sinks, but those aren't the only possibilities. Take this version in a kitchen designed by Jenn Pablo Studios—rather than a sink, a gas stovetop is present instead. The three minimalist wooden stools are also a lovely addition.