Elizabeth B. Gibbons. Kitchen Islands. December 02nd , 2017.
The large immovable kitchen islands may turn out to be a kitchen remodeling job, with the design work and planning that entails. Water, gas or electrical lines may have to be run for this type. It can be used for just food preparation, or sometimes seating may be added with counter stools, so that it has a work area on one side, and seating on the other. Either way, the 360 degree access that a kitchen island provides will make your kitchen a dream kitchen.
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.
If you decide to add an island to your kitchen, keep the above points in mind and try to also choose the set up that provides the most functionality for your family. Now everyone needs the television, but your family will need reasons to interact with one another. For those who are still a bit unsure as to the design of their new kitchen island, we suggest taking to the internet and looking through magazines for insipiration.
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.
The new kitchen trend has homeowners doing whatever`s necessary to make room for an island, including moving walls and taking space from other rooms. The island is the new "it" feature for every kitchen. Self-proclaimed cooks and chefs are looking for elements such as flip-down cutting boards or a life to bring heavy mixers and blenders up to a convenient level. Other amenities include a microwave oven drawer effective for saving countertop space, motorized countertops that can adjust to accommodate the height of the cook, and don`t forget the flatscreen television.
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