Published at Thursday, April 30th 2020. by Adeline Laci in Kitchen Furniture.
There are certainly many pros to having a kitchen island. The first pro we will look at is that of extra counter space. Having resided in homes where counter space was at a minimum, the kitchen island was a life saver when cooking for larger gatherings. The second pro would be extra storage space. Who does not need extra storage space in a kitchen. One kitchen owned was so small the laundry room next to the kitchen wound up being turned into a pantry as there was next to no storage in the kitchen.
Countertop material for the island does not have to match the rest of your kitchen countertops as long as it is harmonious with the rooms overall design. You may want to splurge on solid surfacing here, for example, and use laminate on the other countertops. A butcher block countertop is ideal for chopping, while granite or marble works well for baking purposes and for rolling pastry dough.
Allow adequate countertop space on both sides left and right of the kitchen island if a sink or cooktop will be used. Include at least 15 inches of countertop space on each side, and if your kitchen is large enough, allow even more space. You can never have too much countertop space in a kitchen. Also, rounded countertop corners help protect everyone from bad bruises this is true about all kitchen countertop corners.
One of the largest pros to a kitchen island is having that space for friends or family members to congregate in the kitchen area. One can place bar stools, or high seated chairs up against a kitchen island which invites that comfort zone. Most of us are aware that people tend to congregate to the kitchen area, after all it is the heart of the home.
Squeezing a kitchen island into a very limited space may make your kitchen appear unappealing and cluttered regardless of the features or countertops you have. Consider that there are already existing appliances in your kitchen that you need to make room for.
You can outfit your kitchen island design with storage drawers and cabinets for kitchen utensils and a myriad of other things in order to maximize the space used up by kitchen island after it is constructed. If the fancy strikes you, you can even opt for a mobile kitchen island design which you can roll out to the patio for those times when your family wants to enjoy a barbecue at the backyard! Or you can have a mobile and fixed kitchen island if you desire.
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.
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