Cobham HouseTransitional Kitchen, Surrey
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Should the island include seating?Many homeowners wish to include seating at their island, as it makes for a sociable setting, as well as providing a practical space for working or dining. Typically, islands are rectangular in shape, with seating at either of the shorter sides, across the back length, or a combination of both. Ensuring enough space for seating at your island is important. Generally, we would allow a width of 50-60cm from the edge of a worktop to the back of a stool, and 30cm of knee space for an average-sized adult. On a 3m island, these dimensions would allow for 4-6 seats, depending on your choice of stools. Some stools have very small backs and narrow bodies, while others have large wingbacks, which prohibit more than four stools around an island of the same size.Shop bar stools on Houzz
Kitchen at a GlanceWho lives here A Swedish couple with their three childrenProperty A five-bedroom detached houseLocation Cobham, SurreySize 15m x 5.5mDesigner Sofia Bune Strandh of Sola Kitchens‘Storage and work space were priorities for the owner,’ says Sofia. The previous kitchen had little of either, so Sofia designed in a supersized island. ‘It measures 5m by 1.2m,’ says Sofia. ‘It’s big! Now, the children and any guests have somewhere to sit while the owner prepares meals.’ The Bianco Crystal granite worktop overhangs the units at one end and the cabinets dogleg in on this side, so that stools can be positioned here to create a seating area.