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15 Eat-in kitchens that put your dining room to shame

Whitney Coy is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus, OH, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She writes frequently for SheKnows, as well as several other websites. She writes on topics including parenting, pets...

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

The days of the dining room are over. People want to enjoy their food right in the kitchen, at the heart of the home.

You can make an eat-in kitchen work, no matter the size or shape of your room. The trick is a well-thought design, and we've rounded up our favs to inspire your own eat-in space.

Islands

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

An oversized kitchen island is the perfect place to pull up a chair (or more).

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

Counter-height chairs can be heavy, and they're not always comfortable. Adding a table-height counter to an island offers the perfect seating solution.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

This island and table combo is a unique custom touch. It separates the work space of the island from the eating area on the table, yet leaves them connected to save space in the room. Plus, it really does look fab.

Counters

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

If you have an open floor plan, you probably have a counter that lends itself well to this kind of setup. Add a few counter-height chairs and you've got a great place to eat.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

No room for a whole kitchen island? A counter extension may give you the seating you want.

Tables

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

If you have a small-ish kitchen, but still have a little space in the middle of the room, consider adding a small table. It gives you eat-in seating, plus adds some extra work space when it's not being used as a table.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

A big space calls for a big table. Seat your whole family (plus a few extra guests) right in your kitchen for meal time.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

The leather bench seating at this table gives you the feel of a restaurant, right in your own kitchen.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

This custom-made table aligns perfectly with the counters without blocking the lower cabinets. It's a great way to add an eating surface to a smaller kitchen without taking up precious storage space.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

Trade some counter space for a cool bench seat, then pull up a table. There you have it — an eat-in kitchen in a tiny space.

Nooks

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

This breakfast nook looks like it could be the most comfy place in the house. Built-in benches, natural light, a slipcovered armchair and tons of pillows all work together to make this space complete.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

Put a vacant corner to good use by adding some corner seating and a small table.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

We're guessing you've never thought to put a sofa in your kitchen, but it's actually a great alternative to bench seating in a breakfast nook.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

This eating nook is made of floor-to-ceiling windows, and adds a ton of room to the kitchen. Unlike most smaller nooks, this one adds enough space for a full-sized table.

These eat-in kitchens go way beyond a breakfast nook

Do something fabulous with that awkward ending to your galley kitchen. Create your own personal booth, right in your kitchen.

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