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Four Ways to Create an Eat-In Kitchen in Your Home

May 15, 2023

Family enjoying a meal in a creatively arranged kitchen setup, fostering togetherness and shared dining experience.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the hub of social interaction and family celebrations. It’s a place for meals and midnight snacks, but it can also be ideal for late-night talks and homework sessions — especially if you have an “eat-in” kitchen.  

An eat-in kitchen is a separate room that includes cooking and food storage and a table and chairs for eating, too. It might also have a couple of bar stools pulled up to the counter or island. It’s different from the typical open-plan kitchen and dining setups because it’s an area or a dining table within the hub of the kitchen where family and friends can come together.  

If you’ve considered adding an eat-in kitchen to your home, we’re here to help! This article will show you how to bring together the perfect elements for an ideal eat-in kitchen in your home. Let’s get started! 

What to Consider for Your Eat-In Kitchen 

First things first! Take stock of how big your space is and what kind of “vibe” you’re looking for. Maybe you like a farmhouse feel or a chic modern look. Or perhaps you’re more into an eclectic or Bohemian experience. Whatever you’re feeling is great — but it’s best to decide beforehand in order to give yourself some parameters.  

Here are some popular styles to help you decide what kind of eat-in kitchen you’d like to have: 

Kitchen Islands 

A kitchen island is a great way to provide seating in an eat-in kitchen. If you have enough space, consider a larger island that can accommodate several tall chairs or barstools that you can customize to fit your family’s needs and lifestyle. Kitchen islands are also ideal for more casual experiences, like quiet conversations, morning journaling with a cup of coffee, or a late-night slice of pie with a family member. 

Breakfast Nooks 

A breakfast nook is somewhat self-explanatory: It’s a small space with a table and chairs or benches, created specifically for casual meals like breakfast. But, of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to just breakfast! A breakfast nook is great for accommodating more people in your kitchen area.  

If you have a big kitchen, it’s easy to find a corner where you can put a small table and some chairs. But in city apartments and smaller homes, you’ll have to be more imaginative. That doesn’t mean a breakfast nook isn’t possible in these spaces; you might be able to craft a cozy spot using window seats and fold-down counters. Or, you might consider a small table built to go in a corner with only two chairs.  

Mixed Seating 

For a more dynamic feel, use an eclectic mix of seating types. For example, you might mix benches and dining chairs around your table, mirroring the look and feel of your kitchen to create a more casual, streamlined or modern look. Another option is to incorporate built-in seating such as a banquette (a long, upholstered bench), which can save space and help create a cozy atmosphere. Another fun option is to mix a window seat with a small table and some wooden spindle chairs. 

Round Dining Tables 

Oval or circular tables are ideal for small spaces. These tables can allow people to get in and out of their seats more easily, as well as prevent them from bumping their legs on the table as they’re passing through the kitchen.  

What’s more, there’s something very “sociable” about a curved dining table. A rounded table creates a communal vibe where you can chat more easily with friends or family members, because people don’t feel like they have to only engage with those seated on either side or opposite them. 

How Acima Leasing Can Help 

Your cozy eat-in kitchen can be easily achievable with Acima's lease-to-own solutions*, which are designed to give you the shopping power you need. And when you shop at any of the retailers, you can choose from a large variety of options for dining room tables that will fit your space perfectly. 

We hope you enjoy your new eat-in kitchen! Once you've picked the perfect table, here are some tips to help you dress it up