Published at Tuesday, February 11th 2020. by Amelia Madalyn in Kitchen Furniture.
Kitchen islands are a tricky item to successfully add to your kitchen design, but well worth considering when you are remodeling your kitchen. You may be surprised at the increase in convenience in meal preparation and added counter space an island will provide. But, it is hard to visualize the space required and the best size for any island addition, so be sure you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your kitchen.
Include a ventilation hood overhead to eliminate smoke, steam and cooking odors if your kitchen island is going to have a cooktop. The range hood should extend beyond the cooking area by 3 inches or more on the sides for proper ventilation. Using the correct fan size will ensure that removal happens as intended. Have a fan capacity of about 50 cubic feet per minute for each square foot of cooktop area.
There are a lot of options available not only in terms of design but also in terms of accessories that you can incorporate in your kitchen island plan before you begin your work. You can incorporate a sink, a stove top and other kitchen accessories in the kitchen island design so your home improvement project becomes a well planned and financially controlled endeavor.
Maximize natural light by having windows and skylights, and keep kitchen wall surfaces light in color to reflect daylight. Custom kitchen islands work great by using pendant or recessed fixtures to direct light onto the kitchen island and other work areas. Electrical codes will likely require that electrical outlets be located on the sides of fixed kitchen islands, not on the top, to prevent electrical shock.
With the work surface and its appliances and fixtures at a lower level, a section of the island can be made to be a raised dining surface. Using a surface material more akin to that of a table top creates a real division between that and the workspace, with different colors also helping to keep work separate to leisure.
To help make this new area as practical as it can be, consider adding the same fixtures and appliances you find in the original workspace. An extra sink with running water, a stovetop, electrical sockets for blenders and whisks, and space for garbage and recycling bins can save a lot of walking to and fro.
Kitchen islands work best in larger L, U or G shape kitchens. If the kitchen is too small, the kitchen island will become an obstruction and hinder easy movement. The best custom kitchen islands for small to midsize kitchens are a portable butcher block or kitchen cart for food prep or extra storage.
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