Bar Stools – Best Dining Seat Arrangements for Small Houses And Apartments


If you are strapped for space in your small home or studio apartment – especially in the dining area, do away with the dining chairs and dining tables. Barstools can be the best alternative that will save space and look neat and elegant in your apartment. You can stack them one over the other when not in use – all the more reason you should opt for bar stools. A studio apartment can have open kitchen running into living room without any specific dining room per se or even a designated dining area. Today’s small houses that have only one bedroom and kitchen cum living room also will face the same problem of not having separate dining area. Best idea is to use barstools at the kitchen itself using a counter top as dining table. Using free standing kitchen islands can be a good idea. But you must take care to get a slim and compact kitchen island that can do multiple duties as kitchen-work space, dining area, storage space and even your own and kids’ home work space when needed. If you get a slightly taller island – as tall as a bar-counter-height kitchen island, it will be perfect.

Contemporary bar stools come in quaint shapes and vibrant colours. When you go for good quality bar stools, they come with all kinds of guarantees. Metal, wood, polycarbonate stools, and wood-metal combo – all look great and are very utilitarian. They can be used at a bar table as well as kitchen counter tops. Light weight and stackable, they can be stored when not needed. Here are some beautiful looking barstools from Casamania. They look light, sleek with classic and clean-cut designs. Very comfortable looking, but they are not space hogging. With footrests and back supports, some look so elegant and stylish, will add ambience to any room in your home. Perfect for a small home!

I am sure you are also keen to get some bar stools like above. These will be convenient to use not only in your kitchen but also if you have an additional kitchen in the backyard or poolside, they can come handy. They blend nicely with any kind of furniture and you will love them once you have them. You can be sure of finding them very useful in your small home or studio apartment!

Sleek Looking Stylish Bar Stool

Simple and Sturdy Stools

Innovative and Attractive Stools

Comfy Seats At Bar Table

Colourful and Cute Looking Bar Stools
colorful and cute-looking-bar-stools

Black And White Bar Stools

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Gorgeous Kitchen Islands for Smart Kitchens

Gorgeous kitchens are not only which look good but they must be efficient and work-smart kitchens too. When you incorporate looks with practical aspects to make cooking easy, they are work-smart kitchens. Trendy and cool looking gadgets and warm looking color themes are essential as well space-smart lay out and savvy kitchen designs.

What are all the gadgets you normally use in a kitchen? Cooking range – with a hob and chimney tops the range. Some ranges are all inclusive – with built in ovens, grill and open flame cooking hobs along with chimneys. Other built in appliances are dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave ovens. Appliances like kettle, toaster, and blender are normally not built in.

Sometimes kitchen cooking counter is used to host all the built in appliances and sometimes if you so like the kitchen island can be used to house some of the built in appliances. While refrigerator and microwave are still mostly housed along the wall supported cooking counters, the dishwasher, hob and chimney and a wash-work area with sinks are built in to the kitchen islands.

Here you can see images of smart and gorgeous kitchen islands from Elmar Cucine. There are a variety of designs for kitchen islands. Here you can see simple kitchen islands with open shelves underneath that look elegant. Sink is in one corner and the hob is at the other end of the chrome finish island with storage shelf beneath.

There are other models as you can find from these images like the island with return for dining at one end and sink for washing at the other end with another island holding the microwave and ovens. The countertops of some islands have overhang to facilitate pulling in the high bistro level stools and chairs for convenient dining.

The large metal island with crossed beam leg supports is quite spacious and really all conclusive with stove top hobs on one end, washing area at the other end and also with a dining area with revolving coaster based serving console. This complements the wall supported cooking and work area adequately and beautifully.

Both open and closed types of shelves are commonly built in to the kitchen islands. Some have closed cabinets underneath so that the entire island looks solid and covered on all sides with openings for cabinets and drawers on various sides. Also like seen here open shelves for holding pots and pans along with covered area for sink can be seen.

With Dining Area And Storage
Dining Area And Storage

Traditional Table Island
Traditional Table Island

Island Counter Dining
Island Counter Dining

Gorgeous All Purpose Island
Gorgeous All Purpose Island

Efficient Working Island
Efficient Working Island

Central Island With Stools
Central Island With Stools

Beautiful Island For Dining
Beautiful Island For Dining

All Containing Kitchen Island
All Containing Kitchen Island

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Classic Kitchen And Dining Room Decor


Kitchen and dining areas act as the hub of our home and so should be the most harmoniously furnished places. A homemaker spends long hours in the kitchen to get the food ready for the family. Unless the kitchen is furnished right, she will find it very difficult to work there and subsequently all the family will suffer from this basic cause.

What are the most important aspects of kitchen decor? The most important is the kitchen counters where we cook and prepare for cooking the food. Whatever be the type of the kitchen you are having, it should have nice counter tops and enough spaces to store all the ingredients and spices that go to make a meal most tasty and most healthy also.

Many a time kitchen counter areas may not be sufficient for all the work connected with the cooking. Especially if you have a small kitchenette in an apartment or a small house, you may not have sufficient place to keep all your electrical appliances like mixers, cookers, toasters and other paraphernalia which are so important to lighten the load of cooking.

The other important features in the kitchen are storage spaces. Only a homemaker knows the multitude of things that are necessary in the kitchen to help in culinary art. Neat organization of all these ingredients can be managed only with sufficient amount of storage space. Also the innumerable pots and pans, spoons and ladles need to be stored efficiently.

Kitchen islands are other features that can help in providing extra counter spaces as well as extra storage spaces also. And many people use kitchen islands – the free-standing type – as dining area with some bar stools as chairs. This works out very well as informal dining area. Today small apartments are using kitchen more and more as dining areas on a daily basis.

Having a dining area – either using the island’s counter tops or having a small dining table there has gained popularity all over the world. With working mothers on the go, kitchen doubles as the dining area and cooking area as well. Most of us use the island counters as table top for our laptops as well and even check new recipes and our personal mail as well.

Here are some beautiful kitchens from Mauer Buro Ilconte. I am sure you will love one these kitchens!

Well Furnished Kitchen Countertop and Cabinets

Open Kitchen Running into Living Room

Modern Looking Open Type Kitchen

Brightly Lit Kitchen with Dining Table Set

Beautifully Furnished Kitchen

Beautiful Cabinets Kitchen with Dining Table

Another View of Dining Table