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

Designer Kerry Fidler renovated this cute country kitchen for semi-retired homeowners to include stainless appliances, a granite-topped island, rustic lighting and ample storage.

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.

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This spacious square island does double duty as workspace and dining table. How divine. Design by Candice Olson.

This island houses both a cooktop and a prep sink as well as ample storage in the form of drawers and open shelves.

Pull a chair up to this weighty island or take a seat at the table with a view. Both are painted black and provide a striking contrast to the rest of the cabinetry. Design by Beth Haley.

This proportionately sized island is painted in the kitchen's soft green accent color for a lovely, finished look with plenty of function. Design by Jean Alan. Photo by Patty Carroll.

This island is located adjacent to where meals are prepared and can be utilized for dining, for homework, as a buffet or for additional workspace. Design by Don Raney and Jaymes Richardson.

Think outside of the box when deciding on the shape of an island. This custom six-sided island is ideal for a contemporary rectangular kitchen. Design by Troy Adams.

Don't feel penned in by having to choose one material for your island's surface; this design incorporates both tile and butcher block. Design by Didier Michot.

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.

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