Jason J. Guerrero. Kitchen Islands. December 07th , 2017.
The addition of an elevated bar top to a kitchen island adds more function and an added degree of visual interest. Often the bar surface can be a different material than island work surface. For example, the island could be granite and the bar top hardwood - a stunning combination.
Kitchen Islands - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!. It seems lately when most people are dreaming of their ideal kitchen, an island is high on the wish list. Islands can be an integral part of the design layout and improve overall functionality or they can be an impediment to the flow of the work space. How can you determine if your space can handle an island and if so, how to take it up a notch in design? Carefully consider your floor plan and the amount of overall space you need for an adequate sized island as well as the space around it to maneuver easily. A good island layout functions as a "traffic cop" directing traffic around the primary cook zones and should be a minimum of 30 inches wide. The length is negotiable but I would recommend at least 36 inches. If you do not have at least this amount of "heft" to the island, you risk making it look crowded and undersized at best, and at worse are creating a hip busting, aggravating obstacle to good movement around the kitchen.
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.
First of all, you need to figure out the availability of space in your kitchen, or in the area of your home that will be used as the kitchen. If your house does not have a dining room, then your kitchen island must provide space for seating. If you try to use a dining table with chairs in the kitchen, it will appear cramped and crowded. In this case, you should consider an island with seating, and use stools around it especially if the space is limited. This will permit more people to sit around the island on the stools. Stools are also considered more effective because they can seat many more people without taking up as much space as ordinary chairs do. Not only are they effective, but they can also make your kitchen have a vintage touch, for instance. If you have more space in the kitchen, then adding the usual dining seating should work out, as it will not take up space.
A drop leaf is another feature that you may want to have on your kitchen island. The drop leaf gives you some extra counter space which can be used for either extra seating capacity or extra work space. Any kitchen can always use extra counter space, whether it`s to be used for seating or working. If your kitchen needs storage capacity and work space, the kitchen island is the best way to do it for the least expense.
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