Kitchen decorating has taken on new and different dynamics. Now, a dining table can simply be a round wooden table with a nook-like feeling using upholstered chairs with chair backs that are sculpted to hug the table’s exterior. If we’re not looking at sculpted chair backs, you’re looking at benches with no backs at all to seat up to three people on one side of the table. If you’re being seated at a counter, then the stools have a flexible padded back, which varies from the past stools with hard static backs.
In any kitchen, the layout is extremely important to avoid adding any confusion to the work triangle. In addition to the work triangle functioning well, space should also add an accessible pantry that’s easy to open and exit. A good way to may it easily accessible is to use a door that utilizes modern sliding door hardware.
Another way to add a table to your kitchen is by using your island as a surface. Large kitchens can easily utilize this large piece in the center of its area. Owners of a smaller kitchen would benefit from using a portable version of this concept. Smaller islands can be added with wheels, so you can roll it out of the way when it’s no longer needed.
Whatever the size of your kitchen, the most important aspect of the space is that it is usable, and you can easily access the sink, the stove, and the refrigerator. If you also have a sit-down table in your kitchen, it should be usable, and you should be able to sit there and eat in comfort. That may mean that if you have limited space that you should consider installing a banquette or utilizing a nook for more compact seating.
A nook is often situated in a corner to conserve space. The seating is often built into the wall, or it may be constructed as a one-piece corner seat. The table fits neatly within the area allotted for it inside the seating.
A banquette is an upholstered corner seat that is plush and comfortable. Otherwise, it mimics the construction of the nook and fits neatly inside a tight space, usually a corner.
Your kitchen table choice should fit the space you have available. A few years ago, the counter height table was the new look, and it was accompanied by stool height seats often with padded seats. Now, the counter height table is no longer as popular. Instead, the prominent look for kitchen tables is the traditional table height of 30 to 30 3/4 inches high. The newest looks take the form of the bench on one side of the table in place of chairs or several common styles of mid-century modern table and chair sets with angled legs made from wood and having cloth upholstered seats or in some instances, seats, and backs.
The Parson’s chair is the most represented dining chair, and the tables are made in several materials. They are made in glass and glass inlay, solid wood, or artificial marble. The table shapes are primarily rectangular, with some square tables, and some round tables. The table legs range from tapered, turned, or angled legs, and in some instances, the legs were replaced by a center support which ranged from a large ball to one or two trestle supports.
Your family may enjoy sitting on stools, in which case a counter table with stools or counter height chairs would be perfect. If you prefer to relax when eating and you and your family are a bit shorter, you might rather have traditional chairs and a 30-inch table.
Your options for a table and chairs are widely variable. You can make a choice based strictly on comfort or solely on what’s fashionable. Most people will try to find a cross between comfort and fashionable. Most importantly, select a style that suits your taste level. Base your choice on how formal, conservative, and traditional you are or how relaxed, young, and lighthearted you are. The dining looks that are currently being sold span the full range of those types of styles.
If you’re creative, but retrospective, consider a mid-century modern table and chair set. If, instead, you’re very traditional but looking for some adventure, consider changing to a circular table with a singular base instead of a rectangular table with legs and using the same type of classic chairs.