Kitchen islands are a great feature that many people want to have designed into their new kitchen, whether it’s for a new build or remodel.  Kitchen Islands come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the size of the room itself. They offer additional storage and countertop space, as well as a great way of adding seating. Especially if the home does not have an area within the kitchen for a table and chairs.

Creating a table area with a kitchen island takes up less footprint, especially when space is tight. Many remodels are blowing out walls to not only open the home up but to be able to add an island for the features mentioned above. Larger homes typically have a formal dining room space for entertaining, but smaller homes may not, and families nowadays are a lot more casual about dining together. Let’s face it; eating at a fancy table with place settings, centerpieces and the like is slowly fading away. For some busy households, having everyone present for a meal may be the exception and not the norm, and having a table and chairs doesn’t make sense for their lifestyle. They forego the extra furniture to maximize the cabinets and prep space.

Enter the island that is also the kitchen table. Below we have 10 of our favorite island designs featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry that also act as the in-kitchen table for more casual meals and gatherings, and they don’t take up additional space that a table and chairs would. Each one is unique in style, shape, and size, but all look great!

1. A Grand Island with Seating for Six

The kitchen below offers seating for 6 at the main island, which is adjacent to the living space of this home remodel. 

Design by Anissa Swanzy of SKD Studios | Newport Beach, CA

Photography by Darlene Halaby

Design by Anissa Swanzy of SKD Studios | Newport Beach, CA

Photography by Darlene Halaby

2. Butcher Block Island with Seating

Below, the kitchen island stands out with its warm butcher block countertop and contrasting Graphite painted cabinets. 

Designed by Boyer Building Corp | Minnetonka, MN

Photo by Mark Ehlen Creative Communications

3. A Weathered Island for a Family of Five

This kitchen island design features a large table island with seating for 5 and cabinets in Dura Supreme’s Weathered Finish. Thoughtful details were put into the legs and back of the island under the countertop.

Design by Mariotti Building Products | Old Forge, PA

Photography by Danielle Coons

Design by Mariotti Building Products | Old Forge, PA

Photography by Danielle Coons

4. Double Islands – One for Work and One for Gathering

This kitchen features two islands, with the second island acting as a table for easy meals and gathering, as well as adding an additional prep space and storage.

Design by Trisha Gaffney, AKBD of Avenue 52 Designs with Collaborative Interiors | Mercer Island, WA

5. An Island That Brings the Room Together

The photos below are another great example of enlarging the kitchen space and using the kitchen island for table seating adjacent to the living space.

Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design, LLC | Stuart, FL

Photography by Alexis Butler

Design by Bianca Fathauer of Splendid Home Design, LLC | Stuart, FL

Photography by Alexis Butler

6. A Row of Kitchen Islands

This kitchen remodel opted for the two-tone look as well as large double islands, with one of them acting as the in-kitchen table seating, giving them ample storage and work surfaces.

 

Design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath with Michels Homes | Minneapolis, MN

 

7. A Furniture Styled Kitchen Island & Table

This cozy kitchen offers an eat-in kitchen island table with beautiful furniture detailing.

Design by Boyer Building Corporation | Minnetonka, MN

Photography by Mark Ehlen Creative Communications

Design by Boyer Building Corporation | Minnetonka, MN

Photography by Mark Ehlen Creative Communications

8. Casual Dining at a Modern Kitchen Island Table

This modern kitchen design offers table-like seating at the kitchen island for 6 to sit at for casual meals.

Design by Amber Moreland of Seigel’s Cabinet Center | Elgin, IL

9. Multi-level Contemporary Kitchen Island Table

This contemporary design incorporates the raised table with the kitchen island, keeping the continuity of the sleek design and the open concept.

Design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath | Plymouth, MN

Dura Supreme Cabinetry kitchen design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath, Plymouth, MN.

Design by Studio M Kitchen & Bath | Plymouth, MN

10. Kitchen Table & Kitchen Island Collide

This traditional kitchen design features the table as part of the island, keeping the seating foot print small so there is more room for living space.

Design by Linda Williams of Hahka Kitchens | Goleta, CA

Photo by Bradley Otto Posley

11. Kitchen Island Extends with a Furniture Style Table for Four

Oops!  I know I said 10 Kitchen Island Tables, but I found another one that I wanted to share. (sorry, not sorry!) Below is an island table design in this beautiful contrasting kitchen. The striking wood table top adds a touch of warmth, and is elevated, lipping over the island top to create two levels.

Design by Trisha Gaffney, AKBD of Avenue 52 Designs with Collaborative Interiors | Mercer Island, WA

Why Choose a Kitchen Island as a Dining Table?

Creating a kitchen island that is also a table can be an economical way of designing a kitchen.  It helps to open up the space and offers you more storage and prep area while having casual seating within the kitchen.  Not only that, you don’t have to worry about making room for an additional table and chairs, which have a larger footprint. For some families, this type of island design works better, so always look at your options and what needs are important to you. 

So, which design above is your favorite? They are all beautiful designs and offer great ideas for anyone looking to incorporate the island and kitchen table together. For more inspiration, you can check out our Inspiration Gallery here or speak to a Dura Supreme Cabinetry dealer near you.

Stacey Lindstrom the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry and blog author for the Dura Supreme Cabinetry Blog.

Stacey Lindstrom is the National Training Manager for Dura Supreme Cabinetry. Stacey has a degree in interior design and over 25 years in the kitchen and Bath industry. She has worked in all kinds of business platforms, from small dealers to online design and sales, and has worked with 20.20 Design software since 1997. Her first venture working with Dura Supreme Cabinets was way back in 1995, creating hand drawings for a dealer showroom. In the last 10 years, she has had her work showcased on episodes of Kitchen Crashers and Bath Crashers, as well as season 15 of Big Brother. As much as she loves designing spaces for clients, Stacey enjoys training and educating on product and design as well, and draws from her own expertise as well us blunders over the years to help Dura Supreme and its dealers.

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