Turn Your Cooking Space into a Living Area with the Right Kitchen Furniture
How many hours per day do you spend in your kitchen? For many people, the answer is probably “a lot.” You get your morning coffee there, find breakfast, rummage for lunch, cook dinner, clean dishes and more. In fact, if you really think about it, you may spend more time in your kitchen than in the actual living areas of your home. That’s why you may consider turning your cooking space into a living area with the right kitchen furniture.
Will It Fit?
That question isn’t just one of size, but also of design. Before putting any furniture in your kitchen, get out your measuring tape and evaluate what will nicely fill the space you have. If you have a small galley kitchen, the only furniture that may fit is a high stool to sit on to have a quick munch or while washing dishes. For houses with larger eat-in kitchen, you might find that you can fit much more furniture. But before dragging in a new piece, also look at the overall design of your kitchen, and choose furniture that will nicely compliment it.
Where to Sit
If you plan to eat in your kitchen, you’ll need to decide where to sit. Larger kitchens may give you a variety of options to choose from. If your home is lucky enough to include a window seat, you may turn that area into a built-in bench and then have a table with a few individual seats or a long stand-alone bench on the other side.
If you have a large island or floating countertop, you may add a handful of stools to sit and eat there. This can be a great place for quick meals or after school snacks. Some kitchens even have enough space to add more comfortable seating options, like a couch or easy chair. This practice has it’s roots hundreds of years ago, when the kitchen area was the living area, where people kept warm by the fire in the oven. Why not put a modern spin on it if you have the space and add some additional seating?
Everything In Its Place
Even if you have built-in cabinets in your kitchen, you may want to consider additional freestanding pieces that can be a decorative way to store or display. In the eating area of your kitchen, a buffet or china cupboard may be the perfect pieces of furniture to compliment your decor while providing extra storage. If you have pictures or kitchen art to put on display, consider adding a bakers rack to provide for form and function. Low cupboards may also be a great addition, giving you another surface to use to put out serving dishes or keep things like napkin holders or salt and pepper shakers.
Roll It Away
Roller carts can be great furniture additions to your kitchen. These carts are often narrow, designed to be stowed away in slim spaces between appliances or cupboards. On the other hand, if your kitchen doesn’t have a built in island, you may substitute a rolling cart that is topped by a butcher block to use in its place. Regardless of size, these carts give you a place for storage and the mobility of moving them around so that they can be placed exactly where you need them, when you need them.
Remodeling your kitchen is not an easy task, but these ideas for furniture in your cooking space can get you started in designing a space you’ll not only want to cook in, but also find inviting to hang out in or plan gatherings in for family and friends.