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Kitchen island or table?

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ikeameatball Thu 06-Feb-14 21:39:00

I have decided that we will be having a run of units the length of the kitchen on one side but I am undecided on either an island or a (long and narrow) dining table opposite the units. Would be a squeeze to fit both in. There will be French doors at the end.

Does anyone have an island and wish they'd had a table instead or vica versa? Our kitchen opens up into a dining room but I am unsure whether to keep the dining table in there or make that area a playroom.

I just can't decide and need some help please!


lessonsintightropes Thu 06-Feb-14 21:50:55

Table every time - I just don't think that having the island as a seating area works - so unless you really want the playroom I'd split the space that way. We are currently looking to buy a place and having a kitchen we can eat in (or ability to create one, whilst retaining a separate living room space) is a real thing for us - we've considered islands and I just think that they are a bit of a fad which will go out of fashion in time (unless you are in an enormous space).

However this is just how we will live in our space and doesn't mean what we're looking for is right for you of course smile but if you're looking for opinions, table from me.

Pannacotta Thu 06-Feb-14 22:11:41

Go for the table. (And a playroom off the kitchen sounds ideal.)
I asked this same question a year ago and decided on the table which I am very happy with.
Perhaps get a small butchers trolley on wheels if you need more prep space.

ikeameatball Fri 07-Feb-14 08:29:37

Thank you both, that's useful! My only thought on table in kitchen is when we have friends over for dinner it won't feel very "special"? But it's a rare occurrence anyway!!

lessonsintightropes Fri 07-Feb-14 09:07:21

You can dress the kitchen nicely for special occasions, and I think it can be more welcoming than a formal dining room (you do have to hide washing up though!)

ikeameatball Fri 07-Feb-14 11:20:20

True lessons! Thankyou

LondonGirl83 Fri 07-Feb-14 11:35:13

Depends. Do you need the island for more storage and worktop space. A table is nice in a kitchen and one possibility is to just have a small breakfast table (3ft round) that can seat 4 in the kitchen. You can then incorporate additional storage via an island (with or without seating) or just ordinary cabinets.

Kitchen islands aren't a fad by the way. They have been around decades.

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 07-Feb-14 11:52:37

small children and tall stools for a breakfast bar are not always a good combination - especially as floors are normally hard in a kitchen ( no carpet ) if you need the exta storage an Island offers - maybe have a low level bar at tabk height - and a dining table that double up as an art desk in the playroom for dinner parties - also perhaps, add loads of storage in the playroom so it can be tied occasionally !!!

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 07-Feb-14 11:53:50

sorry for typos ! on my phone �� can't see !!! lol !!

ohhifruit Fri 07-Feb-14 11:55:13

We have an island in the house we're currently renting (and moving out of soon). I hate the damn thing, it's neither use nor ornament. I wish they had just left the space open for us to plonk a kitchen table in the space.

frenchfancy Fri 07-Feb-14 13:40:18

I'd definitely go for a table. A kitchen table is so much more than somewhere to eat. It is where my DCs do their homework, it is where we do any paperwork/bills, it is where I sit and chat with any unexpected visitors, it is where DD3 plays with her play dough and DD1 does her nails. It is something I would never compromise on in a house.

ikeameatball Fri 07-Feb-14 14:16:11

Thanks everyone for more thoughts, it's a tricky decision. I like the idea of an island that also incorporates a small table off one end. Then perhaps an additional extending table in the playroom/dining room.... The thing is that the playroom is quite small so if there is a table in it at all times it may just be annoying/in the way, if we are spending the majority of our time eating at the kitchen table (which I'm sure we will). Argh decisions decisions. Ideally I need an extendable kitchen table for when we have more than just us eating but I don't think there's enough space with an island too.

ikeameatball Fri 07-Feb-14 14:18:01

Oh and as the kitchen is quite long, I will have enough space in the length of units for everything (work top/sink/hob) so technically I won't need an island, I just like the look of them.

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 07-Feb-14 14:58:46

A table on pullies that floats down from the ceiling in the playroom might work ! It's a bit space age - but if you rested it on the smaller kitchen table - and clipped it together underneath with trunk clips it could work ! Would certainly be different !!!

TheLeftovermonster Fri 07-Feb-14 19:23:46

An island won't work if space is limited. Table much better imo.

What is the style of the kitchen? Some styles work better than others for combining kitchen with more formal dining space.

MrsJamin Sat 08-Feb-14 08:54:50

If you don't need the island for storage then definitely go for just a table. It can serve as an extra surface and is useful for so many things for so long.

Bonsoir Sat 08-Feb-14 08:57:03

Dining tables look much better than islands, especially when they aren't matchy-matchy to the units. Islands are naff unstylish.

Nancy66 Sat 08-Feb-14 11:36:02

I am not a fan of islands. I think they only work in really really huge kitchens - otherwise they just get in the way.

dontcallmemam Sat 08-Feb-14 11:38:08

Are islands really naff?
I'm planning a big one in the middle of my new kitchen.
There is space at the end for a big table though.

Bonsoir Sat 08-Feb-14 11:40:22

I think so! But that is only my taste / opinion!

In general, I like my homes to be decorated such that they reflect the life experiences and occupations of the owners, not look like advertising copy.

dontcallmemam Sat 08-Feb-14 11:42:34

Fair enough Bonsoir but if you had a really big space what would you put in the middle? The units don't take up much space.

Bonsoir Sat 08-Feb-14 11:44:08

A really big table! Say a nice vintage one with modern chairs and some really good overhead lighting?

Also I could do with more units!

dontcallmemam Sat 08-Feb-14 11:46:05

I hear you. But I've identified a space for the big (7 foot) table at the end by the big window.
<<anxious I might have WAG taste now>>

noddyholder Sat 08-Feb-14 12:39:53


frenchfancy Sat 08-Feb-14 15:53:01

I don't think islands are naff if you have a big room and can have both island and table. I think they are a bit naff when they replace a table.

I have both, I wouldn't be without either in my kitchen, but I have a big kitchen.

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