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The KBB Ark edit: stylish seating ideas for your kitchen

Beyond the traditional table and chairs, what other ways can you take a seat in your cook-space...?
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 01-02-2022 09:00am

1. Pick a seat with a view
Whether it's a built-in seat or just a cleverly positioned chaise longue or armchair, a bare window is the perfect place to position a chair - we're swooning over this exquisitely styled monochrome space...

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Inspiration by Roselind Wilson Design

Even something as simple as cushions put on top of storage in the guise of a window seat can make for a simple yet effective option.

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Inspiration by LWK Kitchens

Naturally, it's even better if your window seat overlooks a beautiful vista, whether it's a fairy-lit patio or acres of rolling green hills in the distance... 

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2. Opt for some retro dining style
Bring some Grease-inspired charm to your dining area by opting for a retro curved breakfast bar. Ideal more so for couples than large families, it makes eating a true treat, offering intimacy as diners sit next to, rather than opposite, each other. 

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3. Treat yourself to a touch of luxury
A silky chair is perfect for adding a twist of decadence to your cook-space - even more so if it means you can take a well-deserved seat during the cooking! 

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4. Put it in the corner
A well-positioned corner seat - whether a slouchy chair or a cushion-topped settee - can make for a sociable cooking experience, offering guests a close proximity to the cook. Or in the case of this dreamy space, the bar...

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Inspiration by Mark Taylor Design

It can also act as a neat way to break-up a space; in the kitchen below, for example, the seat acts as a half-way point between the cooking and dining areas.

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Inspiration by Searle & Taylor

5. Have an (open!) plan
If you have a large open-plan kitchen-diner, make sure you position any seating in the most logical space, in order to include the cook in the conversation. 

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Inspiration by Diane Berry Kitchens

6. Build it in
Follow the lead of this kitchen by opting for a seating area that's built into the back of your island. As well as offering a very clever utilization of space, it also just looks great, too, with the red seating popping pleasingly against the grey of the island. 

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Inspiration by Davonport

7. Bench it!
For an al fresco feel in your dining space, opt for a table that looks as if it could weather an outdoor climate, too. This chunky wooden bench fits the brief perfectly, with colourful cushions adding a charming, whimsical finish to its industrial styling. 

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NEXT! Want some smart ideas to make a small kitchen feel a little bit bigger? Get inspired with our moodboard of inspirations - click any image below to begin browsing...

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