On the other hand, a tall freestanding table that matches the cabinets brings a uniformity to the kitchen that is pleasing. Face drawers towards the kitchen if you want to store things you will need for food prep. Turn the table around and face the drawers away from the kitchen for storage of non kitchen essentials. Better yet, build or find one that has drawers that open on both sides so you have more options.
The tall, freestanding table in this farmhouse kitchen is a great example of how to use a piece of furniture instead of a built-in island. It sticks to the farmhouse style, tying together with the wood countertops, but is not at all matchy-matchy. The contrast with the painted cabinetry is striking and enhances the impact of the table. Choose something with a shelf underneath for extra storage of your fun-to-look-at kitchen things.
A long, narrow table can be so much more than an eating place. It can be a surface for sitting-down food prep, paperwork, or crafting. You can subdivide it and build a puzzle or play a game on one end while using the rest for serving food. In a kitchen like this, it can be centered for access to both sides, or pushed up against the wall when the whole thing is not needed, giving the kitchen a bigger, airier look and feel.
Problem: The large table you would really like to have in your kitchen doesn’t fit.Use a blank wall to attach a fold down table and maybe even hang up your chairs. This leaves plenty of walking space and gives you the option of extra work space whenever you need it.Storage benefit: An arrangement like this keeps things close at hand and there is no need to use up storage somewhere else for the chairs.
Have you ever wished that your friends/family would be nearby while you are cooking, but at the same time, you really want them not to be under your feet? A high table with chairs along one side only (the side facing towards the working area) does the trick by defining the space and being visually clear about where people should be. From here, they can help you or just keep you company. This table is wide enough that you can work on your half of it at the same time.