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Drop it downIf you want to sit at your island but don’t want to perch on high bar stools, this design shows how a lowered, wraparound section can provide a comfortable, table-height surface. Lowering the dining section of an island like this can also help to keep the prep area away from the eating space, and allow the chef and the guests to have their own spaces. This is ideal if you like to have friends nearby while preparing a meal, but don’t want them taking up precious work space.
…or take it down a notchIf you don’t have room for both a table and a breakfast bar, why not try this clever idea? The lowered surface allows for standard-height seating while taking up little space. The change of colour and material define the breakfast bar, while choosing a dark wood that matches the window frames and shelf make it look less of an afterthought and more of a design detail.
Take it down a notchAnother non-stool option is, of course, to use dining chairs. To get around the height issue, how about adding a lower-level section to the island at standard table height, as seen here? This L-shaped design, running around the corner of the island, provides seating on two sides and a large area of useful extra surface space for eating, cooking or working.
Opt for a sociable island…If you have the space for one, a kitchen island can make for a very sociable structure, proving especially popular as a hangout zone for the whole family. Another advantage is an island’s design can be tailored during the planning stage to reflect how you want to use it. For example, a unit with different-height worktops or an adjoining table is useful for growing families – a lower table can be used for breakfasts, dining, doing homework, or just having a cup of tea and a chat. Alternatively, you might decide to keep your island’s surface clear and use this extra worktop space for baking or serving food. Another option is to include a sink or hob on an island, letting you face into the room as you cook. In tandem with a seating area on the far side, this can be useful for teaching kids about food, engaging with friends or family as you prepare a meal, or simply as an extra space where others can carry out their own pursuits, while still in the thick of family life.