The designers at Optiplan Kitchens are often asked for their advice on whether to opt for a dining table or an island. We weigh up the pros and cons of each to help you reach a decision…

Decades ago, every kitchen in the country would have a dining table, specifically for hosting family mealtimes. Since then, the kitchen island has dominated new homes, being one of the biggest kitchen trends of the 21st century. And with this trend showing no signs of slowing, many of us are questioning whether to commit to the investment of an island or go back to basics with a dining table.

Why should I pick a kitchen island?

If you are graced with space, then you should definitely be considering a kitchen island to reap the benefits that it offers. A kitchen island provides plenty of additional storage options such as deep set drawers and inset cupboards, making it both stylish and practical.

You’ll also have further worktop space for preparing a meal as it is often the same height as your kitchen counters. Options such as a built-in hob or sink will allow you to keep everything in one place for you to enjoy stress-free cooking.

Seating is a common consideration in the island versus table debate. You may think that a kitchen island can restrict you to using bar stools, which many people find uncomfortable to sit on for a length of time, but you will be pleasantly surprised to know that our designers can incorporate a lower section within the island, which is at ideal chair height for family dining.

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the hub of the kitchen. It is the place that people gather round, making it a multi-functional space that incorporates both socialising and cooking.

Why should I pick a dining table? 

Even if your kitchen can accommodate the space for an island, the thought of investing in a permanent fixture can be daunting. A dining table certainly gives you much more flexibility. If your kitchen is small or an awkward shape, then a dining table is a clever way of creating the illusion of space. Thanks to the light that beams through the empty space that sits underneath the table, the effect of a larger floor plan is created, making your kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

What’s more, a dining table will not only provide comfortable seating, but it can allow you to get creative with some on-trend chairs. Opt for a simple coloured dining table such as neutrally-painted wood and inject colour with your chairs, soft furnishings or accessories.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, the size of your kitchen and the budget you have allocated. Visit one of the Optiplan Kitchens showrooms and let our specialists recommend an array of designs so that you can achieve your dream kitchen.

The designers at Optiplan Kitchens are often asked for their advice on whether to opt for a dining table or an island. We weigh up the pros and cons of each to help you reach a decision…

Decades ago, every kitchen in the country would have a dining table, specifically for hosting family mealtimes. Since then, the kitchen island has dominated new homes, being one of the biggest kitchen trends of the 21st century. And with this trend showing no signs of slowing, many of us are questioning whether to commit to the investment of an island or go back to basics with a dining table.

Why should I pick a kitchen island?

If you are graced with space, then you should definitely be considering a kitchen island to reap the benefits that it offers. A kitchen island provides plenty of additional storage options such as deep set drawers and inset cupboards, making it both stylish and practical.

You’ll also have further worktop space for preparing a meal as it is often the same height as your kitchen counters. Options such as a built-in hob or sink will allow you to keep everything in one place for you to enjoy stress-free cooking.

Seating is a common consideration in the island versus table debate. You may think that a kitchen island can restrict you to using bar stools, which many people find uncomfortable to sit on for a length of time, but you will be pleasantly surprised to know that our designers can incorporate a lower section within the island, which is at ideal chair height for family dining.

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the island is the hub of the kitchen. It is the place that people gather round, making it a multi-functional space that incorporates both socialising and cooking.

Why should I pick a dining table? 

Even if your kitchen can accommodate the space for an island, the thought of investing in a permanent fixture can be daunting. A dining table certainly gives you much more flexibility. If your kitchen is small or an awkward shape, then a dining table is a clever way of creating the illusion of space. Thanks to the light that beams through the empty space that sits underneath the table, the effect of a larger floor plan is created, making your kitchen feel bigger and brighter.

What’s more, a dining table will not only provide comfortable seating, but it can allow you to get creative with some on-trend chairs. Opt for a simple coloured dining table such as neutrally-painted wood and inject colour with your chairs, soft furnishings or accessories.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, the size of your kitchen and the budget you have allocated. Visit one of the Optiplan Kitchens showrooms and let our specialists recommend an array of designs so that you can achieve your dream kitchen.