Learn how to get the most out of your kitchen island with our handy guide below
A kitchen island is a luxury few can enjoy but for those who have a large kitchen, it is well worth the effort of building one. What do you need to keep in mind? Read on for simple tips and guidelines when building a kitchen island.
The island should occupy only 10% of the total kitchen area. Remember, installing one adds up to 25% more counter and storage space, if executed cleverly. Added bonuses include more room for concealable electric outlets and even a second sink.
As a trial, you can place a large table in the place you want your island and see how it feels. If your kitchen island is not very large, pair it with a similar sized table for added counter space. For days you need more floor space, simply remove the table.
Find ways to include lots of drawers, shelves, slide-out trays and little slots and niches for storing assorted items. Don’t simply create large cabinets. Maximise the space above with a rack for hanging large pots and pans.
Decide if you want your cooktop and sink on the island or if you want to use it as a working counter. If you decide to add a cooktop to the island, build an overhead chimney with a hood and vent or install a grate that pulls the smoke out.
If you are going to be using the kitchen island as a bar, create an overhead rail to suspend glasses. But if dining is more your need, incorporate a rack for tableware where the diners can access it.
Build your kitchen counter to give you maximum storage; you can even perhaps think of fixing the oven or even a wine chiller there. Instead of having the sink or stovetop on the kitchen counter, it can also be shifted to the island to create two workstations.
Here, the centrally placed kitchen island is illuminated by a chandelier suspended above it. You can also use the overhead space to construct a bracket that holds glasses, plates, pans, etc.
Your kitchen island need not span the entire length of the kitchen counter. Remember, the island can also function as a place to hide electrical conduits, wires, etc.
A kitchen island can also be used to demarcate the kitchen area from the living room in an open plan setting. While entertaining guests, it can also double up as a bar counter of sorts.
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