6 Ways to Reduce the Kitchen Island

The hardworking kitchen island could be an extremely functional and beautiful centerpiece of a kitchen design, and it’s one of the most popular features of a contemporary kitchen. Nevertheless, it’s only one way to go. In certain spaces an island may sense more awkward than useful. If you’re feeling the urge to break away from the island-centric kitchen, then check out our bevy of inspiring ideas below.


Save space with a island and table in one. The kitchen in this Sydney home features a island counter on one side, with built-in seating plus a marble-topped, extendable table on the other end. Combining a table having a island is a great space saver, and an extendable table can seat a crowd without taking up too much space on a daily basis.

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Another great island-table hybrid, this set works extra hard — the stools are comfy enough to sit on through dinner, yet they may be tucked entirely under the table to free up kitchen workspace during prep time.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

Encourage cozy suppers with a table. Having an ample-size rustic wood table in the center of your kitchen, family and friends are certain to gather around it day and night. It’s so much warmer and friendlier than a big, blocky kitchen island, and it’s perfect for distributing college projects out on as well.

Aviad Bar-Ness

Streamline your kitchen with a contemporary dining set. If you’ve got counter space covered and appliances tucked against the walls, like from the L-shaped kitchen revealed here, why bulk up your kitchen with an island in any way? A marble-topped Saarinen dining table and Eames chairs (as shown here) are a highly covetable pairing one of contemporary design fans and boost the light, airy feel of a white kitchen.

Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Get the best of both worlds with a working-height table. When you need more kitchen prep space but do not want a giant island with to-the-floor storage, then a tall table is a great solution. You may still comfortably do prep work, yet this kind of table takes up much less visual space in relation to a built-in island.

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Taller kitchen tables can also be great for narrow spaces. A slender table like the one shown here doesn’t take up too much space but allows ample room to operate. If you like to sneak in a little bit of extra storage, you could track down a table with an open plate, or possess a knife rack built into the side.

Matthew Bolt Graphic Design

Enhance stream in an open-plan space with a table. When your living, dining and cooking spaces are visually linked, an enormous kitchen island in the middle of everything can look strange. Choosing a table rather, whether counter height or dining elevation, will give your complete space a more relaxed, more comfortable feel.

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A classic wooden table with a rich patina warms up any kitchen however, functions especiallywell when the kitchen opens into a broader living space. Insert a soft rug underfoot to boost the comfort factor much more.

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Cozy a modern island with plush seats. You can also work with an existing island by choosing ultraplush upholstered tall benches, instead of the typical bar stools. These are extra wide and have a shape that makes them seem more like miniature settees than stools, plus they seem supremely comfortable.

Tell us Would you think about forgoing the kitchen island in favour of a table? Or something in between?

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