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9. Does the Design Suit the Whole Family? A lot of the seating we design for islands is intended for children. Where kids are involved, you may want to lower the height of your island’s seating to allow for three or four chairs. If seating is intended for the end of an island, we generally aim to create a drop-down table of 3 by 3 feet, with four chairs around it. But as an alternative, some people prefer to include their lowered table option along the back length of an island, as pictured. This creates a longer table, but it’s important to plan this option carefully, or it can leave quite a small space for comfortable dining.
Go for an island combo. If you have young children who are out of highchairs but not yet tall enough to climb and sit safely on a bar stool, consider lowering one end of your island to create an informal seating area that little ones and their friends can sit around comfortably. Different levels identify the different functions of this island, and the standard-height table area is perfect for children to eat supper and do their homework.