Ideas for Kitchen Islands
Design a kitchen island that fits your cooking space
By Josienita Borlongan
Add more functionality to your kitchen by adding more counter space -- and thus more work space for preparing meals and desserts -- with a kitchen island. The island can allow more people to help with the workload; it can also provide a place to eat quick meals when in a rush. Look into the different types of islands to suit your style, budget and needs.
Build a center island for your kitchen to allow better flow of traffic. As its name denotes, a center island is at the center of the kitchen. It is in close proximity to the kitchen necessities such as the sink, stove, oven and refrigerator. Build the center island with the same height as the rest of the kitchen counters, or build it with a low counter or a bar counter where you can place bar stools for people to sit. Choose from granites, tiles, butcher block, laminate, engineered stones and slates for countertops. Use the same wood materials used for the rest of the cabinets, or let it stand out by using a darker but complementary wood tone. Add drawers and cabinets for easy storage. Make it more functional by installing a prep sink for washing food and power sockets for small appliances.
Build a peninsula if space is not adequate to build a center island. Attach the peninsula to the end of one counter, usually in an L-shape. Choose from a concave, oval, rectangular or square peninsula. The main difference between a peninsula and the center island is that the center island is separate from the other counters while the peninsula is not. Choose the same materials used for the rest of the kitchen for cohesiveness. Build the peninsula counter wider than the other countertops to allow for more workspace and eating area. Create a bar area by lifting the other side of the counter higher than the rest.
Movable Island or Kitchen Cart
Choose movable island if space or budget does not allow for a big center island or peninsula. Ready-made kitchen islands are available from furniture stores and come with or without wheels. Pick wheeled kitchen islands for ease of mobility. Buy a folding island to make it easier to store when not in use. Choose a butcher block countertop for cutting vegetables or kneading dough. Tiles, granites, laminates and stainless-steel countertops are other materials that you can choose from. Pick a style and finish that would go with the style of your kitchen.
About the Author
Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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