Any ideas on how to make the most of an eat in kitch, no dining room?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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calliekalico2 :  I’ve seen chandeliers over tables in EIK before – I say go,for it! 

Post # 3
969 posts
Busy bee

We have a much smaller kitchen, but bought a stand alone island from ikea. Best decision ever! I love that it doubles as extra prep space, and doesn’t feel like a table shoved into the corner of the room like some eat in kithens do. Perhaps you can get a larger island made for reasonable money? IKEAs cabinets and countertops are really affordable. It’s kind of annoying to only have seating on one side, but we make it work with some extra bar stools that tuck away.

I definitely am allllll for chandeliers everywhere so I say go for it. I think a rug would help distinguish the space. I also love when people use built in benches for dining room seating. It doesn’t require as much depth off the wall, and you can squeeze in extra people for holidays. Here’s one pic but Pinterest has lots of options. If you don’t want to do a built in you can buy a bench or I’ve even seen small loveseats used.



Post # 4
240 posts
Helper bee

We have an eat-in kitchen with a large, hanging pendant light over the table. We got a matching ceiling light (not hanging) for the other part of the kitchen. Definitely not weird to do a chandelier.

Post # 5
976 posts
Busy bee

I think a chandelier would be just fine. Browse around pinterest for more ideas, I’ve seen them done so nicely.

Post # 6
2843 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Chandeliers over EIK tables are super common! Have you browsed Pinterest for ideas? Very rarely do homes in my area have separate dining spaces so we have adopted all the tricks to giving the illusion of two separate but unified spaces. Do you have an island or an extended section of counter space that you could add Bar stools to? This will give people a little more room if you are hosting more than just six people.

Post # 7
1970 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We had a chandelier in our last eik!! It looked great because it defined the space a little better! 

Post # 8
47458 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another option would be to purchase a coffee table that transitions to a dining table, if you want a separate dining area out of the view of the kitchen.

Post # 9
678 posts
Busy bee

Working in Real Estate, I see far more eat in kitchens than dining rooms these days. Most people who have a separate room for dining have converted it to an office or sitting room. Some even a bedroom. This is a picture of the eating area of my own kitchen. 

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