Eat-in kitchens are no new phenomenon – for centuries people have gravitated towards the kitchen because of the hearth fire and the communal need to eat around a table. 

These days, our kitchen ideas are dominated by kitchen islands with breakfast bars as must-have fixtures for eating, socializing and hanging out. Unlike these multi-focal kitchen diners, which might have an island, breakfast bar and even a living space, eat-in kitchens feature the dining table as their central focal point. This most simple of kitchen layout ideas harks back to the concept of the whole family eating around a table that was probably used for much of the prep work, too.