Elizabeth B. Gibbons. Kitchen Islands. December 14th , 2017.
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.
Gone are the days when food preparation and cooking take place behind closed doors. These are now integrated into the experience for friends and family who can interact and help the chef who can enjoy socializing instead of being hidden away. The islands rise in popularity is a logical one. Most people naturally gravitate to the kitchen`s centerpiece. It`s typically characterized by cabinets that create storage space, and what we put away, we must retrieve.
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.
Why Your Kitchen Needs A Kitchen Island. Your kitchen needs more storage and counter space, but how are you going to get it? Here`s a suggestion. How about a kitchen island. There are two kinds to choose from. The large immovable type that has a cook top and sink. Or the smaller kind that are like a kitchen cart but a little larger. These usually have wheels for portability. Either choice will answer your prayers for more storage and work space.
Kitchen island design options offer so many features, whether it be more cabinets for storage, a sink to aid in food preparation, a wine rack or bookshelf, a stove or dishwasher, and the list goes on. Once you have decided on your island`s primary function, then you can set about choosing the particular design and features to be included that will optimize your time. Whatever the chief function of your island is to be, the necessary items to make it happen should be stored within easy reach. For example, if it is to be mainly used for cooking, then cabinets for pots and pans with drawers for utensils and spices are priority. If food preparation is the ideal chief function of the island design, then space for knives, cutting boards and small appliances such as food processors is what you are after. If the kitchen island in your home is to be a center point for gathering, then seating space and counter space for homework plus food preparation are your top needs. Islands are a very attractive, functional part of kitchen design. Ideally, it can become a warm gathering place for family and friends as well as provide extra working space. After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home!
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