Kitchen Island Table Combo

Add a dining table to the kitchen island for a seamless but functional look.
Contemporary White Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinetry

Contemporary White Kitchen With Dark Wood Cabinetry

The walls and countertops may be a cool shade of white, but sometimes the most color, saturation and pattern can be found in a beautiful piece of wood. This contemporary kitchen features a species of local wood and refined stainless steel elements for a crisp, polished look.

Photo by: SPG Architects

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A kitchen island is the ultimate workhorse—providing extra space for storage, prep, display, an extra sink or maybe even a cooktop.

5 Most Popular Kitchen Layouts

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Essential Work Triangle

The three points of the frequently mentioned work triangle are the range, sink and refrigerator. Appliances can be broken up with the classic shapes; for example, the cooktop and wall ovens might be in different areas. Two sinks are important for a two-cook kitchen.

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Zone Design

To really break up the different areas of the kitchen, consider a zone design. In this kitchen, a separate work station exists for cooking, eating and even cleaning, allowing space for several helpers all at once.

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Galley or Corridor-Style

The galley, or corridor, kitchen has two straight runs on either side. Typically the sink is on one side and the range is on the other. The drawback to this design is traffic flow. A simple, one-wall design can be transformed into a galley shape with the addition of an island opposite the wall of cabinets. Islands help replace needed storage that is lost in an open kitchen design with limited wall cabinets.

L-Shaped Layout

For more privacy when cooking, choose an L-shaped layout which forces the traffic out of the work area. For more interaction with family and guests, try an L-shape with an island. The L-shaped kitchen has a main wall of cabinets with either the sink or range and a shorter run of cabinets placed in an L-configuration.

U-Shaped Layout

The U-shape evolved as storage needs increased. It provides a massive expanse of counter and storage space as well as great flexibility. The G-shape is the basic U with another little leg. It is great for a one-cook kitchen and allows the work area to be spread out. Design by Rate My Space user SANDCASTLES.

However, an island that also offers a dining table—whether it's a built-in extension, a suspended tabletop or insertion—is a trend that's here to stay.

Though the end result of a kitchen island-table combo may look simple enough, it requires a degree of finesse to pull off the look.

First, determine just how much extra storage and countertop space is needed to make the island itself as efficient as possible.

Next, and this will also be dictated by the amount of space available, decide exactly how many people the island table will need to accommodate on a daily basis. While bench-style seating might eliminate the need for precision, the style of your kitchen (farmhouse, modern, cottage) will ultimately dictate the type of seating you'll use.

Placing chairs on both sides of the island table is the best way to achieve the look of the traditional table, but the shape of your island (blocked, rounded, L- or T-shaped) will also help determine where—and how many—chairs are required so prep space (or elbow room) won't suffer.

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