The term “eat-in kitchen” used to mean there was room for a casual dining table in the kitchen. This table would be close to, yet distinctly separate from, the kitchen space.  

Casual/quick dining is a necessity, but so is family bonding. While today’s family doesn’t always have the time (or space) to have long sit-down dinners in a formal dining room, they do want to maximize their meals together. Combining the island and dining table together is one way to achieve this.  

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You can still create a comfortable dining experience where the family sits facing each other for an enjoyable meal. Yet this configuration allows for convenience due to its proximity to the kitchen, and it saves space, as with this combination you don’t need to allow walkway space between an island and dining table. This means you can designate that extra space for more storage, more dining, or another use entirely (such as adding a small living room to the kitchen where the dining table once was).

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This is yet another example of how kitchen design has evolved to accommodate today’s busy family lives.