By Brigitte Schreiber. Kitchen Islands. Published at Sunday, February 18th, 2018 - 03:40:53 AM.
there are a couple of advantages of this approach. One is that because the bar is higher than the counter work space, the kitchen clutter is visually shielded from the living area. A second advantage is that bar seating requires the least floor space of any of the seating options.
Most people have an interest in the smaller, portable type. They love the versatility of kitchen furniture that has the storage capacity and counter space of a kitchen island, with the portability of a kitchen cart. Kitchen islands provide much needed storage space for utensils in pull out drawers, and other small tools in open drawers. They also have cabinets under the counter for storing things like pots and pans. Towel racks are a common feature, and some even include a spice rack.
Ok, let`s say an island is going to work well for your design. Now let`s move on to making it the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some suggestions for adding increased utility and original personality. Think about the seating. Do you need seating? If so, how many seats. Rule of thumb is 24 inches per diner but if you have smaller bar stools or smaller diners i.e. children...then you can fudge this a little. Don`t crowd it. One level or two? One level is best for entertaining and maximizing the work space. The space can double as a serving area when not used as seating. Hint: if one level works for you and you have a sink in the island, install an air switch for the disposal. This is a small flat button that is installed in the countertop and is far better than cutting into your side panels with a switch, or worse, having to open the cabinet door to turn it on. Try very had to have one slab of stone, granite or other solid countertop material if one level island. Seams are a no-no. I repeat, no seams. If you want two levels, then that is fine, if it works. Hint: Don`t buy into the conventional idea that the 6 inches of raised bar "hides" anything. It does not. No one is fooled into thinking the kitchen...is not really a kitchen. Make the island different than the rest of the kitchen. Try different cabinetry materials or different countertops, but not both. Or, think about two islands in one with two different, yet complementary materials such as the wood and copper in above picture.
The first thing you have to decide about your kitchen island is what you want it to do. You could choose just to have one that is additional cabinet and work preparation space. There are models available with plumbing so they can come equipped with a sink, possibly a garbage disposal, and a dishwasher. If you prefer, your kitchen island could be designed to support a range and oven. It`s not uncommon to find or build islands with seating like you would with a bar or breakfast nook.
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