Kitchen islands are the latest trend in kitchens. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, you should consider incorporating one into your design. Preparing meals becomes so much easier because an island provides additional counter space and storage. If you’re not interested in remodeling your kitchen but would like to buy an island anyway, you need to make sure you have enough space. Ideally, you’ll have an L-shaped kitchen that’s at least 100 square feet. This setup ensures that you have room for an island and adding it won’t make your space too crowded. I don’t recommend adding a permanent island to smaller U-shaped or “hallway” kitchens. There just isn’t enough space, but a rolling kitchen cart is always an option.
When choosing your kitchen island design, you need to decide what kind of features you would like it to have. This choice should be made based on what you need to make your time in the kitchen go smoothly. Extra counter space is always beneficial, especially when preparing meals for your family every day. Many people also choose to have additional burners or an additional sink. Drawers and cabinets are usually included in these islands so you can reach underneath to grab the necessary pots and pans. This feature helps keep your kitchen organized.
One of the most popular uses for kitchen islands is as a dining surface. Some islands have two levels, a lower one that is closer to the refrigerator and stove that is used to prepare food and the other a little higher that is used for dining. This countertop is great for breakfast, lunch, and after-school snacks on the weekends. Just make sure you buy a set of kitchen bar stools so your family can take full advantage of this feature. The beauty of creating your own island layout is that you can really incorporate anything you need into your personal island. One thing that experts don’t recommend doing is adding a wine rack. Wine should not be placed in an area where the temperature is constantly fluctuating, such as the kitchen. Instead, you could use the space to store your cookbooks.
Portable kitchen islands or carts are just as useful. You want to make sure the ones you look at have sturdy, locking rubber wheels to keep the island in place, especially if you plan to use it for chopping vegetables. There are also islands with drop-leaf extensions that give you more counter space when you need it, but make it easy to store later. Towel bars, spice racks, and paper towel holders are just a few of the many options you have with a portable kitchen cart.
There are limitless possibilities when it comes to the world of kitchen island design. It’s not hard to find one that works best for you!