While furniture for every room of the home should be selected with care, the kitchen poses some unique problems and opportunities for people looking to furnish their homes. Careful steps must be taken to ensure that furniture is suitable to the kitchen environment and the home in general. The following is a step-by-step guide to selecting furniture appropriate to the kitchen.
1. Consider the layout of the kitchen. Small kitchens without free space specifically designed to hold furniture (like a bar, a breakfast nook, or a connected dining room) should not be furnished, as crowded kitchens can endanger cooks. Before shopping for furniture, take measurements of the area to be furnished to make sure that the selected furniture will fit and will leave space to walk freely through the kitchen.
2. When shopping for furniture, try to match the style and color with existing cabinetry and appliances in the kitchen. Matching furniture and cabinets gives the kitchen a complete, well-designed look.
3. Look for furniture that will not absorb moisture, as cooking often leads to steam and oil getting into the air and can warp and discolor absorbent furniture. This means that wooden furniture for the kitchen must be lacquered or otherwise sealed to prevent moisture from seeping into the wood (stained or painted wooden furniture may still be susceptible to this sort of damage).
4. Try to find furniture that isn’t identical to the dining room furniture. Matching styles in every room of a home become dull, especially because the same types of furniture (dining chairs and tables) are often used in kitchen and dining room. For example, if the dining room has formal, elegant furniture, consider a more casual set of furniture for daily use in the kitchen.
5. If price is a consideration, try looking for second-hand furniture through sites like Craigslist or E-Bay, which can offer significant discounts off of new furniture. Shopping at furniture outlets can also reduce the price of new furniture.