Kitchen diners – eating in your kitchen
Nowadays the ratio of people who prefer a separate dining area to those who like to eat in their kitchen is about 50:50.
For those who prefer dining within their kitchen, there is simply no reason why their kitchen cannot be arranged to offer both a comfortable and functional eating area, whilst boasting stylish elegance tailored to their own individual tastes. Here are just some of the possibilities.
The simplest option is a freestanding table and chairs, if space is tight consider a round table, even a 70cm diameter table can seat four people, a 90cm diameter table seats easily five. A further advantage is you can always squeeze in another chair at a round table.
Extending tables are a bonus, as you only need them bigger when you are eating, the rest of the time they can be reduced allowing more room to work in your kitchen. Tables have the advantage over islands in that they can always be moved around, pulled out when required for seating or working at.
Consider a bench seat against a wall one side of the table, again saving space, this is great for alcoves or narrow sections. Consider lighting over the table, pendant lights or a spectacular chandelier which will further define the area. Soft furnishings on the chairs, or a table runner can pick out the colour of the kitchen or add that highlight colour creating an area that family and friends will love to linger in.
Another option is a peninsular, which can lead off the main kitchen or an extended worktop area that doubles as an eating area. This dining space can be in the same material as the kitchen for that fully fitted, functional sleek look or in a contrasting material or colour to define the space as separate.
These eating areas can be all sorts of different shapes, thicknesses and heights. 60mm chunks of wood in circles, or sweeping curves, sushi bar style “lips” around an island, high raised glass bars standing on chrome legs that sit on your worktop, bold circles or squares protruding 30cm out from your counter top.
If there are more than two of you eating then the breakfast bar or eating area needs to be curved or designed to allow seating on both sides, this then allows for a more sociable area and conversations to flow.