Fabric gets loose, and light colored chairs stain easily. Thats a blemish that wont be easy to get rid of, though it will stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise immaculate kitchen. Consider putting an island in the middle of the kitchen. This creates visual interest and expands the work space considerably. If designing from scratch, consider locating the stove, oven, and sink in the island. This is a somewhat radical departure from the ubiquitous design of traditional kitchens that puts the stove up against the wall. It is also quite functional, allowing the cook to look out into the room as opposed to gazing at the wall.
During a kitchen remodeling project, we tend to focus our attention on every aspect that makes cooking extremely pleasurable. From the very attractive kitchen cabinet to the simply divine flooring, theres nothing that disappears off our radar. Except of course for the kitchen furniture, which happens to be every kitchens soul. I guess its high time that we abandon our rather insular opinion about kitchen furniture. They certainly add a great deal of character to every kitchen and make the place look resplendent. Kitchen furniture is more than just a few chairs, tables and cabinets placed with the sole purpose of addressing age-old problems of seating and storage. Today, this includes an entire gamut of benches, counter stools, racks, breakfast nooks, side boards and some very interesting bakers racks. Of course, the multitude of chairs and tables continue to inspire a great deal of admiration even today. Each piece of furniture is designed with the singular objective of adding immense value to the décor of the kitchen as well as the home.
Kitchen islands can also be considered in the class of furniture because many people use the island to double as a breakfast bar. If you have the opportunity to design your island, then try to get the counter top to extend out farther than the cabinet underneath so the counter is comfortable to sit at. In addition, try to have the outer edge of the counter sit higher than the rest of the island surface. This is to make sure that there is no cross contamination between prepared and unprepared foods. The seating at a breakfast bar will most likely be stools. Stools with backs are more comfortable, but heavier so you need to weigh those options before selecting. Another helpful hint is to make sure there is enough room between the top of the stool seat and the bottom of the counter so that people are not squished in between.
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