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

Sep 30, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. ET
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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Tables

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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