Kitchen islands are very popular, and nothing new really. These first started making appearances back in the 1950s and they are still strong today. But, what if you don’t want a kitchen island? What if you have plenty of space all ready for prepping foods and storage and you would rather have something else in the middle of your space? Well, that’s possible with a table. A table might not seem very common, but tables are actually making a comeback in kitchens, especially when its a big table enough to function for every meal, for every family member. Obviously, if you eat alone and live alone, this might not be a good option for you. But, if you have a lot of family dinners, you have people come over for dinner, or you have a big live in family, this would work really well for you. Below we will be talking about a few benefits to having a table versus an island, as well as a few product recommendations.
Bringing In A Larger Table
Most people will agree that a table, especially a large one, brings in a sense of comfort and warmth to the space – something that a big boxy island simply cannot do. Bringing a larger table into the mix creates a section for your family to gather, eat, and talk to each other.
A typical island has stools. Stools tend to not be very comfortable. In fact, in a lot of cases, they are either too high and your feet dangle, or they don’t have a backing to them which makes your back and shoulders tense. Tables with chairs do have backings though and you can keep your feet planted firmly on the flooring. Tables and chairs can be used to eat at, talk, relax, watch TV, do homework, do crafts, etc.
In Lieu Of A Dining Space
Some apartments, houses, and lofts simply do not have a dining room or a space to sit down and eat. That is where the table and chairs really comes into play. It gives you a place to eat, inside the kitchen space, but it only takes up as much room as you can afford to let go of. If you have a smaller space, choose a smaller kitchen table, if you have a more expansive space, choose a larger kitchen table! The rule of thumb is that you should have 3 feet between the open door of your cabinets and the table – this allows you to open the doors and drawers freely, but also allow your guests to push their chairs out, without having to close the doors. Believe me, it might not seem like a necessity, but after living in several smaller houses and apartments over the years, the space and how you use it does matter!
No matter your style or space, here are a few product suggestions to consider.
Furniture Of America – Madison
This is a pretty massive kitchen table. It seats 7 people, but it also includes an 18-inch leaf for even more seating. It has a dark cherry finish on the table and chairs and the chairs feature a window pane back – super comfortable and it still allows for support. Each chair also has a padded cushion for extra comfort. Out of all the people that purchased and loved this item, they say that for the price, its about the best piece of furniture you are going to get – its incredibly well made, sturdy, and comfortable!
Dark Walnut Bench and Chairs
If you like that sort of rustic feel or you have a rustic kitchen, this might be a good option for you. It features a walnut kitchen table with chairs – 4 chairs and one longer bench that sits at 48x17x19. The seat back on this one features a V design, which gives you support for your back, but it also is a cool little design in terms of aesthetics. This one does not include a leaf, though, so you get what you get. Its enough to seat 6 people comfortably. People also say that this one is incredibly well made, but also that its really attractive and its made from real wood.
Glass Kitchen Table – Seats 4 By Vecelo
This is originally made as a dining room set, however, you can use it in your kitchen or anywhere else you want for that matter! It comes in both silver or brown. The brown features brown chairs, brown cushions and brown accents along the kitchen table. It has a very modern look and feel to it. The kitchen table itself is made from tempered safety glass – its really strong and durable. Vecelo is a really good company – not only do they reply to pretty much every reviewer on Amazon, whether they had a problem or everything was delivered properly, but they also offer a 5-year warranty on this and many other products they sell.
All of these are good kitchen tables to consider. The main point is to find something that you really love, a kitchen table that fits into your decor style, and one that fits into your space – remember the rule about 3 feet of an open cabinet to the table! The last thing you want is to have to deal with an aggravating loss of space in your kitchen.