Nowadays, kitchen seating is becoming more of a priority. With many people choosing to upgrade their kitchen into a place of socialisation and family time, comfortable seating is paramount to a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere. Incorporating the correct seating can be rather tricky, especially if space is limited and at busy times and events such as Christmas.
Your choice of seating and where you locate it is a key focal point of the design. Wrongly placed seating can cause a variety of problems; sitting too close to the working area can seem very crowded and sitting too far away will seem distant and it may be hard to hear or focus on your guests. You need to work out what seating you need depending on how and when it is used. For example, will the seating be used for breakfast and drinks or big family meals and entertaining. Whatever your seating needs, Handmade Kitchen Co Essex will help you figure out your design options and install your perfect comfortable kitchen seating.
Here is a breakdown of different seating options which will help you decide what is right for your kitchen.
Stools are a great option for breakfast, snacks, light meals and drinks. They go well with an island or peninsula and are great for keeping family close and encouraging children to do homework and get involved with crafts or baking. Gas-lift stools are becoming increasingly popular as they can be height adjusted to suit the level of your worktop or bar. You can also lower them when not in use and tuck them under the worktop overhang to save space. Stools can be just as comfy as chairs, as you can opt for ones with cushioned backs and arm rests. Static bar chairs are another option but it is important that they fit the correct level of your peninsula or breakfast bar before buying.
Dining chairs are great for free standing tables, low level surfaces and integrated tables and surfaces. These are perfect for bigger family gatherings and home cooked meals. A great benefit of low level dining chairs is that you can choose stackable ones which makes it easy to tidy them out of the way when your dining area isn’t being used. This helps to maximise space and use the surface for other purposes. Dining chairs are available in a wide variety of different styles and you can choose padded or wipe clean chairs to minimise cleaning.
LUXURY BANQUETTES AND BOOTHS
A banquette or booth is a permanent seating arrangement which can be designed as part of a central island unit, it is great for those with both smaller and larger kitchens as they can also be gravitate into corners to save space. A banquette or booth can be L shaped or a curved design and is perfect for keeping family and friends close together; whilst having the luxury of an overhead bulkhead and different coloured lighting options. A banquette can be made in almost any colour, material and style you want. You can opt for furniture that matches your cabinets and have padded or wipe clean seats.
Benches are a very versatile addition to your kitchen. They can be freestanding, built-in, and paired with chairs and islands. Benches can be made in any size or style which suits you, there’s even options to have lift up lids and drawers for storage. Another great benefit of a bench is that it can fit almost anywhere. Some people love to sit near the window but those with smaller kitchens struggle to fit seating in that area. A bench is great for this purpose, installing a small window seat will be a perfect solution and you can even integrate a small table into the area.
Here at Handmade Kitchen Co Essex, we can help you plan and design your Bespoke or integrated kitchen seating. You can choose from different materials, shapes, colours, styles and padding to give your seating area comfort and ultimate practicality. Whatever your kitchen size or style, we have a seating option to suit you.
If you would like to know more about our different seating options or would like to discuss anything else about your kitchen requirements, then please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Handmade Kitchen Co Essex. You can also visit our showroom to view our beautiful kitchen and seating options in a fully functioning display. We look forward to hearing from you.