A kitchen island with seating encourages more quality time spent gathered with friends and family. It is no surprise to us that it has been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home: a place to entertain, cook, and share meals with those that we love. Therefore, your island should be functional yet fashionable, allowing extra room for meal prep, storage, and comfort while extending the kitchen aesthetic into the rest of the space. In order to design an eat-in kitchen that fits your needs and lifestyle, consider these points.
Seating for Your Island
When deciding what type of seating is best for your kitchen island, focus on comfort, style, and practicality. Upholstered backs are an opportunity to add an extra luxurious style to your kitchen through the use of fine fabrics or leather and nail head elements; plus, a kitchen chair with a back will typically be more comfortable when sitting for longer periods of time. Adding seating that looks and feels more like dining chairs will give your kitchen island more of a “dining room” atmosphere. Determine how many chairs you can comfortably fit around your island based on its overall size. Keep in mind the need for elbowroom so ensure guests can sit comfortably around the counter. Ideally, each kitchen chair should have 30 inches of space. This leaves adequate room for dining and socializing without feeling crowded.
Whether dreaming of a space to enjoy coffee and breakfast, work on nightly homework, or gather for a glass of wine with friends, a practical and beautiful island will become the most used area in your home. The most important factor to remember when designing a kitchen island is to choose the best team to bring your vision to life.
Kitchen Island Material
At Linly Designs, we offer a wide variety of luxury countertop and wood selections for your kitchen island. If you are looking for durability, granite and quartz are excellent choices. Other options for countertops include butcher block, marble, soapstone, and concrete. The material choice should reflect your personal style as well as your lifestyle needs. Marble countertops create a sleek and sophisticated look while butcher block islands are more rustic and casual. Further, consider that some countertops are easier to clean and maintain, while others require more care and maintenance. No matter what countertop you select, complete the look with elegant cabinetry hardware from one of our luxury vendors.
Kitchen Island Size
How to size a kitchen island? Do you want a small kitchen island with seating or a focal point. When choosing the size of your island, first consider what purpose your island will serve. Do you need space for food prep? Do you need storage in your island for built-in appliances? How much seating do you want to provide? A luxury kitchen island isn’t based off of its size, but its functionality. The island needs to provide enough counter space for personal preference, while also allowing for comfortable walking space all around.
Homeowners should also determine an ideal height for their island. Table height is 30” high, while traditional counter height is 36” high and bar height is 42” high. A taller 42” island is good for a breakfast bar with barstools, while a 36” counter-height allows for comfort while cutting vegetables, preparing snacks, and making meals. For those who wish for both, a multi-level kitchen island provides the opportunity to separate food prep and dining areas. If you wish to have seating at your island, you will also want to include an overhang that is adequate for legroom. Whichever you prefer, a custom-designed, Linly kitchen island can be any height or size best to fit your lifestyle. With an exceptional crew of cabinetmakers & craftspeople, bespoke furniture brands, and unparalleled design expertise, Linly Designs provides only the most exquisite and high-end kitchen designs created just for you. Contact our expert team today to discuss your dream kitchen island!