Waldo Gaertner. Kitchen Islands. April 22nd , 2020.
Kitchen islands come in varying designs and sizes. One can easily get a table that suits their need. Simple ones have a smooth countertop made of a standard kitchen material such as tiles, stainless steel, wood or stone. It also, in some instances, has drawers for keeping utensils and food preparation tools.
Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency.
Add another dynamic by creating variation in the height of your island. Using the island for multiple purposes, like eating and food prep, will both maximize the utility and make it feel like two totally different spaces. For example, add an appliance to one level (like a sink or stovetop) and create a breakfast bar on a higher tier.
In addition to creating more counter space, an island is also a way to add more storage and avoid kitchen clutter by using drawers, cupboards and shelves. This is beneficial especially if appliances take up a lot of cabinet room, or if you’re looking for a unique way to showcase certain items by using open shelving. Store dishes and pots within reach or keep less frequently used appliances out of the way. Another option is to use open shelving to display cookbooks or other items.
First, make sure you have planned for the space that is needed. Kitchen islands take up more space than you might think. For example, the typical island is two feet wide with a one-foot overhang of counter top. Plus, you will need at least another two feet for chairs and a place to sit. In addition to that, you will want a minimum of three feet on each side of the island. For the most part, you will need 12 feet to make an island work.
This surface allows you to prepare bulky items like dough, or transfer foods from the oven to cool before serving. Its height is usually at the waist level or higher.
Some islands are for preparing food. Often they have a prep sink or a kitchen cook top in them. This can be a good area to put an under-counter microwave or a wine fridge in also.
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