We cook in the kitchen, so why shouldn’t we also eat there? Formal dining rooms are wonderful, but for day-to-day eating the kitchen makes perfect sense. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the house, it’s where the good smells and good tastes all come from. When the family can gather and break bread in the kitchen then the house is whole. I want to discuss a few ways to approach design for an eat-in kitchens. This post will discuss:
Building a kitchen island is a great way to create an eat-in kitchen which is useful for eating and storage. Shelves, drawers, or cabinets can stack under the top and islands often take on a certain flair when you hang pots and pans overhead. Don’t forget to fit in a hanging, modern light fixture. You can also use the counter top to prep food when your other counter space is used and then you can use that top as a service area for large meals in your formal dining area. On a daily basis, though, pulling up to a kitchen island on a stool is a casual, friendly way to have a simple meal, snack, or a hot beverage after raking leaves on a drizzly autumn day.
Some kitchens may need to be expanded a bit to include either an island or a space for a small dining table. A nice bay window can complete the look and bring more light into the kitchen. Imagine breakfast sitting in a new bay window. With new lighting over the dining area, the kitchen becomes more inviting and also more modern. If there’s not much space, build a simple bench seat built-in to the wall and then pull up a table. When space is at a premium, the table can be removed to leave extra seating for a party or informal get-together.
If your space is at a real premium, take a nod from the Murphy bed. Yes, you could have a table-top fold down from the wall with extending legs. Pull up a few chairs or stools and you are ready to eat! This can also be used as a convertible buffet for large dinner parties or holiday meals. The trick is to get creative. You may even find a reclaimed bit of wood – an old door, for example – to use for your ″Murphy table!″ Working with established carpenters who are as creative as you are is a good way to solve the problems space seems to present.