37 Multifunctional Kitchen Islands With Seating

The kitchen island is a must-have in most homes. Even though being able to incorporate it into the décor means that you need to have a kitchen that’s large enough to accommodate it without problems, this restriction doesn’t go as far as that. The great thing about kitchens islands is that they’re usually multifunctional.A kitchen island can be a great prep area, especially if it has a built-in sink. But the versatility doesn’t stop here. You can also use the kitchen island as a bar or breakfast area.

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A kitchen island can be both small and functional if it has the right design

This is the case of those kitchen islands that have seating. By that we mean that they either have an extendable feature that allows them to be used as a table/desk/bar or that they have a design that allows them to be used as such. Some kitchen islands are a combination between a workspace and a table and they become a sort of hybrid with eye-catching shapes and designs.We have prepared a selection of images of kitchen islands that respect all these criteria.

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This is an elegant kitchen island that also serves as a table
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Here’s another version of a compact island with built-in sink and seating
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A hybrid kitchen island with a table extension on one side
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A very beautiful island with a minimalist, contemporary design
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A kitchen island that’s a prep area on one side and a table/bar on the other
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A long kitchen island can also become a dining table for casual guests
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Kitchen island with storage on one end and a breakfast space on the other
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Another version of a multifunctional kitchen island, featuring sleek bar stools
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A small kitchen island with a rounded top and room for three
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A large kitchen island can be even more versatile as it can also include lots of storage space
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In a home with an open floor plan, the kitchen island often serves as a bar/table
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This compact kitchen island nicely combines storage with seating
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A more complex kitchen island featuring two levels, one for each type of activities
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It’s common for the kitchen island to become a table in both traditional and modern homes
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To differentiate the different areas, the prep space is a different level
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This design is both multifunctional and space-efficient as the stools can be hidden inside the island
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Such designs are suitable for open-space designs or kitchens that open onto the exterior
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The extension can be perpendicular to the island and serve as a table
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Or the island can double as a bar, with bar stools on one side
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This combo is practical and attractive in a lot of different configurations
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The contrast between the table and the chairs makes the whole décor pop
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Because of the black details, the island seating is not invasive at all.
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For a cohesive look, match the bar stools to the counter
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Make the most of your island by also including plenty of storage
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The bar or table can be a separate extension, offering the island its independence
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In order for this combination to work, the height of the counter and stools has to be just right
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An option is to make the island counter wider to include extra seating
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The island matches the floor and the accent wall which is an interesting approach
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Kitchen islands with seating are usually seen in open floor plans
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Yet this doesn’t mean separate kitchens can’t include them as well
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The bar stools almost look like they’re growing out of the floor, being an organic part of it
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Even smaller settings can adapt this type of design, making it work
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By matching the stools to the pendant lamps, you make the space look more natural
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This is a very casual but also very chic design where everything is perfectly chosen
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The high ceiling takes away from the robustness of the large island
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The island extension here is slightly higher than the counter, creating a clear distinction

But the shape and the design are elements that always differ. What’s important for a kitchen island with seating is to be a perfect combination of functionality and versatility. This means it needs to have built-in storage spaces, to fit into the room properly, even when it’s expanded and to allow you to use for a variety of activities, such as prepping, having breakfast, working, etc.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17 and 18.