Kitchen Island Chairs

Determine the best seating for your island with kitchen island chairs that are as attractive as they are practical.
Cottage Kitchen With Island Seating

Cottage Kitchen With Island Seating

Photo by: Kerry Fidlerl

Kerry Fidlerl

What are the best chairs to outfit a kitchen island? Take a cue from the island itself before making a purchase.

Kitchen Islands: Add Beauty and Value to the Heart of Your Home

See All Photos

Islands that look like fine furniture, with elaborate edging or glimmering stone countertops, may dictate the need for sturdy, backed chairs with upholstered seats. Islands designed for entertaining (who among us doesn't congregate around the kitchen at a party?) would be served well by slimmer chairs (or stools) that provide for ample elbow room without taking up too much precious space.

Kitchen island chairs come in as many shapes and sizes as dining chairs, so the key, as with any purchasing decision, is to look for models that will complement the kitchen's overall style without competing for attention.

Quality round stools, for instance, painted in a similar color as the island baseboard, allow the chairs to discretely recede into the island. Sinuous, curved chairs, on the other hand, can provide a great visual counterpart to big, blocky islands—and make a design statement. Island chairs are also a great way to bring in a new, or unexpected surface, like metal or Lucite.

Finally, when choosing the right seating for your kitchen island, don't forget that comfort is key. Families who spend a great deal of time in the kitchen may enjoy lounge-worthy chairs. If the kitchen is adjacent to another room, or offers a view of the TV, consider using swivel chairs.

Kitchen Design: Make the Most of What You Have

1 - 3  of 4 videos

Next Up

Kitchen Island Chairs

Bring together friends and family in the coziest room in your home with these ideas for kitchen island chairs.

Kitchen Islands With Seating

Kitchen islands can be social, smart and fun thanks to an endless array of seating options ranging from comfortable to practical.

Kitchen Island Furniture

Complement the aesthetic of your kitchen with furniture that's as functional as it is fabulous.

Kitchen Islands With Stools

Kitchen island seating can be as fancy or frills-free as you'd like.

Kitchen Island Bar Stools

Make sure this room's centerpiece has comfortable seating for your guests.

Kitchen Islands With Breakfast Bars

Add a space for informal dining with this guide for designing a kitchen island with a breakfast bar.

Kitchen Island Table Combo

Add a dining table to the kitchen island for a seamless but functional look.

Kitchen Island Tables

Forget the dining room table; a kitchen island table can be equally as stylish—but more hardworking.

Kitchen Island Furniture

Extra storage room and diner-style seating are just two of the reasons to check out kitchen island furniture for your space.

Kitchen Islands with Seating

One of the most common reasons for adding a kitchen island is to gain more seating space. Learn how to make it work in your kitchen with this guide.

Catch Up With Our Blogs

We're serving up the latest news, gorgeous style, DIY projects, clever entertaining tips & more.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.