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Best Seating Arrangements for Your Kitchen

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How much time do you spend in your kitchen? Do you love to prepare dinners for your family or entertain guests on a weekly basis? Do you gather with your loved ones to talk about daily plans? If you think about it, the kitchen is one of the most communal and familial places in the entire home.

It’s a place of gathering, comfort, and care. It’s where food and drinks are prepared, giving you nourishment and sustaining you comfortably.

But it can be very difficult to gather in the kitchen when there’s no place to sit.

Transform your cooking space into a full eat-in kitchen with these best kitchen seating arrangement ideas and help from LEICHT modern kitchens!

Kitchen Seating Arrangements

Bar Stools

Do you have an island or a counter with a bar? Is there an elevated space where you can enjoy a quick bite or a drink? Why not add a couple of bar stools to any space that fits. Not only does this provide you with a convenient place to sit, but it can actually really elevate the value and appeal of your kitchen. Adding a few bar stools can transform your kitchen into an aesthetically-pleasing space that people will want to sit in for some time.

Banquette

Houseopedia defines a banquette as a bench or window-seat booth that acts as the perfect seating space for small kitchens. And we couldn’t agree more; the banquette is a great solution for you if you don’t have a lot of space to work with. Plus, it proves that anything can be done no matter what size your kitchen is.

Make the most efficient use of your kitchen space by adding some seating in any nook or cranny you have available. This can be a bench under the windowsill or a small table and chairs in the corner of the kitchen. Most popular banquettes are L-shaped or rounded to fit whatever space is available.

Kitchen Booth

When you visit a restaurant and you’re asked for your preference between a table and a booth, it’s likely that you will pick a booth if it’s available. Most people prefer being seating in a comfy upholstered booth with just a pinch of privacy to make it an exclusive dining experience.

You can bring that same dining experience home to your kitchen with your very own kitchen booth! This is one of the most unique kitchen seating arrangements.

It’s an enclosed space that offers an intimate spot for dining and chatting, and you can build it to seat as many people as you want. This brings a leisurely touch to your kitchen, as well as a versatile one that can boost the value of your space.

Bench

If you have a large family or you just want to ditch the barriers, you can install a picnic-style bench in your kitchen. This will transform it into a fun and lively place to sit, eat, chat, and enjoy the company of others.

Plus, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to designing a bench. For example, you can have a bench on one side of the table and some chairs on the other. Or, the bench can come attached to the table to be used indoors and outdoors. The fun part about benches is that you can really get creative.

Modern Kitchens with LEICHT

LEICHT is a leader in modern luxury cabinets and kitchen displays of all sorts. If you are looking to invest in a functional, stylish, and streamlined kitchen design, this is a great place to start.

Installing new seating arrangements can make your kitchen look and feel better, and can even increase its overall value. If you’re ready to elevate your kitchen to the next level, contact LEICHT online to speak with a representative or request a free design catalog.

Take Advantage Of Winter Cleaning Your Home for the New Year

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We have all heard of spring cleaning, but deep cleaning a house only once a year just isn’t enough. With all the snow, rain, mud, dirt, and leaves you can track in during the fall and winter, it’s time that winter cleaning becomes popular as well. There is a multitude of things that can make your house dirty and dusty in the winter that we don’t deal with in the spring and summer. In fact, the feeling of clean can be beneficial to all homeowners any time of the year. Be sure to keep your house as clean as possible by using the steam cleaning professionals at Steam Pro.

Winter specific situations that are making the house dirty

You may notice that the house gets a bit dustier in the winter than in the spring. The main reason for this is two-fold. The culprits are the heater and the cold outside.

The heater most likely was not run for six months, so the dust has collected in the vents and ducts. Everyone knows the distinctive smell of the first time you turn on the heater for winter and the dust starts burning. Well, that smell also means that dust is being sent all over your house.

In conjunction with this, the cold weather means that you are keeping the doors and windows shut more than in the spring, which traps the dust. You may not be getting all the pollens from outside coming into the house, but you are also not allowing this trapped dust to escape either.

The fireplace is a big wintertime favorite in most houses, which creates a lot of ash and soot. The rain and snow in the winter create an environment outside for shoes to track in more dirt. Especially with kids or pets, this can become a huge problem if kept unchecked. 

Tips for keeping your house tidy all winter

There are preventative and maintenance measures you can take to keep the house clean during the winter. Replacing filters and cleaning the furnace once a quarter will stop the spreading of dust. This will also improve the air quality in your house, and the efficiency of these appliances.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the vents and intakes throughout the house, and dust them every few months as well. Enforce a no-shoes policy in the house to keep the dirt outside where it belongs. Along with this policy should be a no bare feet outside rule as well. It doesn’t do any good keeping the dirty shoes out of the house if you allow dirty feet to walk the carpets anyway.

Removing clutter and adopting a minimal aesthetic will decrease the amount of places that dust can settle. This makes the house much easier to clean too. Finally, be sure to keep your drains unclogged. The cold weather can create an environment where clogged drains could get worse, and even possibly burst.

Why winter cleaning is a good idea 

No matter how hard we try, the house will not stay clean forever. Dirt is a part of life that we all have learned to live with. But we don’t need to settle for living in a dirty house anymore. Since replacing carpet and rugs would be very costly and inefficient, use the alternative that is just as good.

Having your house deep cleaned would not be complete without the carpets, rugs, and couches getting steamed. These are places that trap dirt and bacteria the most, and now Steam Pro can make you feel like it is all brand new again. Call them today to schedule a winter cleaning, and bring in the New Year feeling fresh, clean, and revitalized. Especially after the holiday season, with many parties and fantastic events, your house will benefit from a deep clean now more than ever.

Kitchen Layout Spotlight: Integrated Living Spaces

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Are you a fan of the open-concept style for your home layout? Vadara Quartz is! Having an open floor plan can be a freeing design idea for homeowners who enjoy having their kitchens and living spaces all in one room. This is somewhat of a modern concept, as homes have historically been divided into their own separate rooms, cut off from one another. With advancements in heating and cooling technology, it is easier than ever to have an open-concept kitchen and living space.

Here are a few ideas for the best ways to achieve an integrated living space. These ideas will open both your home and your mind so you can be included in the party even when you’re cooking.

Advantages of an Integrated Living Space

There’s a reason why open layouts have become such a popular design choice in the post-industrial world. This is due to their large number of advantages. The pros of having an integrated living space include:

  • Better access to lighting throughout the home, with less lighting required to brighten each space
  • Views of the whole kitchen and living space, so you can watch TV while you cook or entertain your guests while you prepare dinner
  • Expanded layouts make the house appear larger in size
  • Multi-functional use of the entire home
  • Better flow of foot traffic throughout the space

Plus, if you have a relatively small kitchen, you can make space look a lot bigger by knocking down a wall that separates it from the living room. That way, the home becomes one large space where you can cook, relax, party, and hang out all in one.

Tips for a Light and Airy Open Concept Kitchen

Opening up your floor plan gives you plenty of new opportunities that you may not have had before. With the right additions to your home, you can make it a comfortable and elegant space for the whole family to enjoy.

Add an Island to Your Kitchen

Small Design Ideas mentions that opening your once-small kitchen up to an open floor plan gives you space for a brand new island – and we couldn’t agree more. Not only do you now have room to add one, but you can also use it as a way to still keep a slight separation between the kitchen and living room.

Don’t forget that you can fit your new island with the perfect quartz countertop to match the elegant style of your open design.

Make Room for Seating

You finally have room for additional seating in your kitchen area. Maybe you want to expand your counters and make a bar with stools for your family members to sit at. Or you can extend the length and size of your dining room table to fill up all of this new extra space you have, adding more chairs in the process.

Add An office

Still, have some extra room in your now-open living space? Build that little office you’ve always wanted! Now that you don’t need to have a whole extra room for a home office, you can use part of the open design for your computer zone. Add a bookshelf or a work desk with a lamp to make it your own private space in plain view. It’s a concept that more and more homes are adopting.

Get the Kitchen of Your Dreams with Vadara Quartz

Opening your house up to integrate your kitchen and your living space can be a wonderful way to improve the look (and value) of your home. Now you will have extra room to work with, so you can add those kitchen features you’ve always wanted, starting with the countertops. At Vadara Quartz, an extensive inventory of beautiful selections is made to fit kitchens of every style or size. To find out more, reach out to them online or call (844) 482-3272 to get started on your open kitchen experience.