The most important consideration when designing an eat-in kitchen is the size of the table. The table length and width has a direct impact how much room there is to maneuver around the kitchen to do prep, cooking, and cleanup. An oversized table can create a complex maze of small spaces; if in doubt, downsize the table. Take into account the number of people you want to seat in your kitchen. Consider your lifestyle, but be careful not to overestimate how many people you need to accommodate. It is a delicate balance between selecting the right size for the space and deciding exactly how many people you feel you can comfortably fit around the table. To determine best fit, mock up various table sizes in the actual space, making sure to leave adequate room to move around the table and chairs.
Also think carefully about the location of your table. The table can be situated front and center, much like a farmhouse-style kitchen. If the kitchen is of a medium or small size, consider placing the table in a corner, perhaps with comfortable banquettes around it to save even more space.
In a larger kitchen, if you want the dining area to be in close proximity to the work area of the kitchen, an interesting kitchen design is the placement of a banquette, sometimes curved, attached to the opposite side of an island, the seating perhaps facing the family room or exterior windows with a lovely view, leaving the work area of the kitchen behind the seating area at a higher height.
Then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Casual, comforting, and central to the welcoming sights and scents of a good meal, an eat-in kitchen is an excellent option way for many homeowners.