Kitchen island bench designs vary significantly. They are fast becoming a normal part of kitchen design and even though the kitchen island is usually a feature that is commonly seen in larger kitchens, we are seeing more and more smaller homes incorporate them into their living spaces. Why you ask? Storage! Not only do island benches create great alternatives to tables, they are also jam packed with valuable storage space. More and more people are now considering it a vital aspect of good kitchen design.
This raises the question, however, of how you should go about providing seating for an island, or if you should provide seating at all. There are a lot of options in the way of seating, from kitchen stools to bench seating. Some people will argue that one choice is superior to the others, with many thinking bench seats are the end-all-be-all, and others arguing for stool seating. In the end, the choice is entirely up to you.
Let’s take a look at some of the options for island seating and how they can be incorporated into a good kitchen design.
While there are a ton of different types of modern kitchen island bench designs, the form follows essentially the same structure, that is, a bench type-seat that is capable of fitting two or more people. Bench seating is often built into the island itself, and sometimes even faces a small table adjacent to the island. There is also the option of movable bench seating, which is very similar to stool style seats, although much wider, and often a single bench will take the place of many stools.
This is a very popular method of providing island seating, and is perhaps even more common than bench seating. Because the island is generally taller than a traditional table, stools, or tall chairs, provide a good height as to allow people to sit comfortably at the island. The major drawback of this is that the number of people is limited to the number of stools, where as bench seating will generally fit more people.
Many people choose to not provide any seating at their kitchen island, preferring to use it simply as additional counter space for cooking. This is often the case when the island contains a sink, or other areas for food preparation. While this eliminates seating at the island, it gives the advantage of dedicating the island to kitchen purposes, rather than for dining or whatever else you may find yourself using the space for. It also means you will not need to invest in island seating, as well as free up a small amount of floor space.
As we can see, there is no reason to think that one option or the other is best when it comes to the seating, or lack of seating, that you choose to incorporate into your island. Whether you are exploring kitchen island bench designs, or choose to go with tall chair seating, the decision is entirely up to you. The important thing is that you have a space that looks and feels the way you want it to, and that you are happy with the end result. Remember, you can always change or update the design if your not happy with it!
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