Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Challenger Living Seating and DiningA popular choice for many islands is integrated seating. With a long island, the seating area can accommodate the entire family alongside guests. Diner-like in its configuration, this island comfortably seats eight or nine guests.A good standard for counter seating is 2 linear feet per person. This will prevent elbow conflicts and be comfortable for most people. In smaller kitchens or spaces where a dining room isn’t possible, the long island can fill the role of a dining table. Here again this island’s proportion mirrors the proportion of the space.Note the undercounter refrigerator at the end. This clever arrangement allows people to access beverages without having to cross into the kitchen and disrupt cooking tasks there. Long islands permit this kind of thoughtful kitchen zoning.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Seating and DiningA popular choice for many islands is integrated seating. With a long island, the seating area can accommodate the entire family alongside guests. Diner-like in its configuration, this island comfortably seats eight or nine guests.A good standard for counter seating is 2 linear feet per person. This will prevent elbow conflicts and be comfortable for most people. In smaller kitchens or spaces where a dining room isn’t possible, the long island can fill the role of a dining table. Here again this island’s proportion mirrors the proportion of the space.Note the undercounter refrigerator at the end. This clever arrangement allows people to access beverages without having to cross into the kitchen and disrupt cooking tasks there. Long islands permit this kind of thoughtful kitchen zoning.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

It’s easy to see why kitchen islands equipped with seating are must-haves in new and remodeled kitchens. The structures separate and define cooking and living areas, direct traffic out of the work core, and accommodate everything from food preparation and dishwashing to daily meal service and special occasion entertaining. Kitchen islands with seating generally boast cantilevered countertops supported by table legs, 12- to 19-inch-deep breakfast bar overhangs, or table-style extensions. Whether bar or table, seating should be situated on the island’s outer perimeters so sitters can enjoy the cooking action without being in the chef’s way. An island’s seating capacity depends on the size of the island, the other functions it must house, and its location within the work triangle. But, there are basic measurements worth considering when designing island seating.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

By the Numbers Aisles on each side of the island should be at least 42 inches wide, with 48-inch widths preferred when two cooks will be working simultaneously, to ensure that traffic moves easily around the island. When designing an island with seating, think about whether you want an uninterrupted span of countertop or an island with multiple levels meant to manage different tasks. Consider placing a tall breakfast bar countertop to block views of cooking clutter spread across drop-down countertops. Or, position a lower or higher add-on table at the island’s outer end. Amplify interest by using varying finishes and/or countertop surfaces to visually differentiate one tier from another. Choose seats that suit the island’s height and that allow at least 12 inches of clear knee space; barstools fit underneath 42- to 46-inch-high breakfast bars; counter stools work with standard 36-inch-high island tops; low stools and dining chairs tuck beneath tabletop-height counters (30 inches). The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends giving island sitters plenty of elbow room. Each seated diner at a 30-inch-high table or counter will need a 30-inch-wide by 19-inch-deep space; seats at 36-inch-high countertops require a 24-inch-wide by 15-inch-deep space; sitters at 42-inch-high counters require spaces measuring 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Ruhl Walker Architects ClearancesIt’s important that your kitchen island fit comfortably within the confines of your kitchen, and clearances are an essential consideration. A basic rule of thumb is to provide a minimum of 42 inches of working space around the island, even if you’ll be including seating. It is possible to push these recommended minimums. In this example the architects reduced the working space to 36 inches surrounding the island, maintaining a functional balance, given the narrow footprint of the row house.Cabinetry and seating depths are also part of the size equation. Typical base cabinets are 24 inches deep; seating areas can be as shallow as 12 inches but are more comfortable at 18 inches. So for a two-sided island with seating, a minimum comfortable dimension would be 42 inches deep.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

ClearancesIt’s important that your kitchen island fit comfortably within the confines of your kitchen, and clearances are an essential consideration. A basic rule of thumb is to provide a minimum of 42 inches of working space around the island, even if you’ll be including seating. It is possible to push these recommended minimums. In this example the architects reduced the working space to 36 inches surrounding the island, maintaining a functional balance, given the narrow footprint of the row house.Cabinetry and seating depths are also part of the size equation. Typical base cabinets are 24 inches deep; seating areas can be as shallow as 12 inches but are more comfortable at 18 inches. So for a two-sided island with seating, a minimum comfortable dimension would be 42 inches deep.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Unlike its isolated geographic cousin in an ocean, an island in the kitchen serves as a central gathering space. As our kitchens have become more and more connected to our living spaces, they’ve changed from being solely utilitarian to being social gathering hubs. The island is often a central player in having a whole host of functions now, and the longer it is, the more function you can pack into it. Typical kitchen islands range between 7 and 10 feet; the long islands in this ideabook begin at 12 feet. The long island has definite advantages; however, it’s not without a few special planning challenges. Let’s review what you’ll need to know to chart the course to your own long island.
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Long Kitchen Island With Seating

Should the island include seating? – Many homeowners wish to include seating at their island, as it makes for a sociable setting, as well as providing a practical space for working or dining. Typically, islands are rectangular in shape, with seating at either of the shorter sides, across the back length, or a combination of both.
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Ira Frazin Architect FocusOne undeniable advantage of the long island is that it allows for a change in the traditional orientation of kitchen tasks. It does this by creating a workspace large enough to allow for all of the kitchen work — preparation, cooking and cleanup — to occur in and around the island, allowing the cooks to face their guests and family gathered in the kitchen.This island’s design lends a laboratory vibe to the space. It’s freestanding and furniture-like, permitting dining for the entire family at one end, open and closed storage at the opposite end, and preparation, cooking and serving in between. It’s also proof that even a large island can feel light and open. Being proportional to the space is key here, and I love how this one functions as a communal worktable.
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FocusOne undeniable advantage of the long island is that it allows for a change in the traditional orientation of kitchen tasks. It does this by creating a workspace large enough to allow for all of the kitchen work — preparation, cooking and cleanup — to occur in and around the island, allowing the cooks to face their guests and family gathered in the kitchen.This island’s design lends a laboratory vibe to the space. It’s freestanding and furniture-like, permitting dining for the entire family at one end, open and closed storage at the opposite end, and preparation, cooking and serving in between. It’s also proof that even a large island can feel light and open. Being proportional to the space is key here, and I love how this one functions as a communal worktable.
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An island’s seating capacity depends on the size of the island, the other functions it must house, and its location within the work triangle. But, there are basic measurements worth considering when designing island seating.
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CORE Architects Linear spaces pair well with long island configurations. Two obvious patterns of circulation exist here, and because of the narrow room dimension, the entire kitchen feels a part of the outdoors. This long island is the central spine of activity; with different functions pinwheeling off of it, it’s hard to tell where the kitchen ends and the living begins. In this way the long island becomes the Swiss Army knife of architectural space makers, humbly serving a multitude of functions.
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Linear spaces pair well with long island configurations. Two obvious patterns of circulation exist here, and because of the narrow room dimension, the entire kitchen feels a part of the outdoors. This long island is the central spine of activity; with different functions pinwheeling off of it, it’s hard to tell where the kitchen ends and the living begins. In this way the long island becomes the Swiss Army knife of architectural space makers, humbly serving a multitude of functions.