Design Details: Kitchen Seating

This classic counter seating setup features a below-counter blackboard that functions like place cards. Project: Hillside House, Mill Valley, Calif.; Architect: SB Architects; Builder: McDonald Construction & Development

Seating is outside the working area of this galley kitchen, but definitely a part of it. Project: Kitchen Wedge, Silver Spring, Md.; Architect: Treacy & Eagleburger Architects; Builder: Jos. Klockner & Company

Swivel seats that are positioned in the kitchen facing the living room make it possible to take in what’s going on in both places. Project: Gupta Residence, Reston, Va.; Architect: Envision Design; Builder: Great Falls Construction

For this kitchen remodel, the clients asked for a centralized hub for entertaining. Seating makes good use of the island’s corner spaces. Project: Mountain Villa Residence, Austin, Texas; Designer: Tamie Glass and Ulrich Dangel; Builder: Pilgrim Construction

Seating located in a few different places marries family room functionality with a warm and casual vibe. Project: Conrad Poor Residence, Maplewood, N.J.; Architect: Clawson Architects; Builder: COTA Group

Clients downsizing from a large family home to a small, single-story one still needed seating space in the kitchen—but not as much as they previously had. Project: Barranca Residence, Austin, Texas; Architect: Alterstudio Architects LLP; Builder: Pilgrim Building Company

“We cook, eat, watch the news, read the paper, work at the iPad, and read the mail here,” say the owners of their remodeled kitchen. Work spaces of varying heights make it all possible. Project: Ranch Updated, Sacramento, Calif.; Architect: Carver Schicketanz; Builder: Otto Construction

A dual-height peninsula accommodates seating, lets guests be close to the kitchen, and hides kitchen chaos from the living area. Project: Rautio, Mounds View, Minn.; Designer/Builder: Otogawa-Anschel Design Build

Diner-style seating makes for an appealing nook. Project: Minnetonka Cottage, Minnetonka, Minn.; Architect: Rehkamp Larson; Builder: J.S. Johnson & Associates

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