The Kitchen Table vs. The Kitchen Island

A question that we get asked frequently regards the kitchen table versus the kitchen island. Does every kitchen need both? If the kitchen is large enough, we often times do include both which is ideal for those who simply cannot choose between them. If your kitchen is tight on space and you are stuck having to choose between the two, the decision can seem overwhelming. The answer will also differ depending on your lifestyle and how your family uses the space. While there are many things to consider, here are a couple of main points to get the thought process started.

The kitchen island typically becomes a space of gathering; whether it’s just the family making dinner together, or while you are hosting a holiday with many guests. The island is away from the cooking area, yet close enough to the action that the host can be included in the conversation while preparing appetizers and food. A table would be a more formal setting compared to the island and can be useful when trying to keep guests away from the prep area.

While a table may have more seating capacity compared to the typical island, the island will offer additional storage space. An island can also offer an opportunity for a prep sink to be introduced. Having a second sink can be a lifesaver when the main sink is filled with dishes after that wild Superbowl party and you need a space for the overflow of dishes and glasses. On the other hand, the kitchen table can be more comfortable for some to sit at and have a meal or conversation. Some households may have removed their formal dining table and turned the dining room into an additional living space. In this case, the kitchen table is necessary and essential for sit down meals.

There are many more factors to consider, but these few points can get you started. If you are considering a remodel and would like to discuss your options on the table vs the island we would be happy to speak with you in detail. Please visit our showroom during our business hours or give us a call at 781-239-9750 to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable designers.