How to create an eat-in dining zone in a small kitchen

Craving a casual and versatile space for your family to gather over a meal? Create a cosy dining nook with these simple tips.


1. Going up

Spending time together as a family over a meal doesn’t have to mean sitting at a formal dining table. Including a casual eat-in dining zone in your kitchen is an easy way to create an opportunity to gather together in your home’s busiest zone, the kitchen. Tall dining stools or bar stools can be pulled up to a raised bench or kitchen island, making it easy for kids to do their homework while mum and dad cook dinner, or for guests to perch while you’re mixing up a round of cocktails. It does away with the need for a dedicated kitchen table, freeing up room for that wine fridge, butler’s pantry or extra storage space.


2. Choose your style


High-backed comfort

Slim line legs topped with a moulded seat  are the classic choice. Offering back support and moulded comfort for everyday use, this style will be a fast family favourite.



High stools on a narrow frame with a timber or cushioned base will be ideal in smaller spaces. These can hide away when not in use and are able to double up as a plant stand or side table. Choose sculptural metallic legs  or solid timber  for a breezy look. 



Ensure your stools can come with you to your next home. The gas-lift stool  is perfect for renters and young adults. A gleaming metallic base offers an instant modern look, while a padded seat will ensure comfort.


Coastal cool

Woven rattan and natural or white-washed timber  will complement a beachy, seaside aesthetic. A solid timber frame and footrest makes this style a practical choice in busy family homes, while the fresh look ensures they’ll blend into your overall theme.


3. Plan your space

Some kitchens will easily lend themselves to eat-in dining, and all you’ll need to do is add your favourite stools. Be sure to measure the clearance under the benchtop to ensure your legs can tuck in underneath and your arms can rest comfortably on the surface. If you’re considering renovating or updating, an extended benchtop or high table extension, is a clever, contemporary addition to your plans. Book an appointment with freedom Kitchens today to start planning your family’s new dream kitchen - one of our expert designers will come to you for a free three-hour consultation to discuss your needs, style and budget.


4. Looking after your stools

Keep your dining stools looking their best with freedom’s indoor timber furniture care kit, which includes protective cream and a special application cloth. Don’t forget that all freedom furniture comes with freedom’s two-year frame furniture warranty.