c_viery. Kitchen Islands. December 15th , 2017.
The first thing to consider in designing an island for your kitchen is it`s desired chief function. Is it to be a cooking space, a food preparation space, a place with storage? Do you want to incorporate seating space, room for the kids to hang out when eating snacks or doing homework? Factor your answers to such questions into your design in order to find the island that works best for your family.
There are many sizes and designs of kitchen islands and a homeowner should be sure to measure and examine the current space, color and size before choosing the correct one. It doesn`t necessarily have to match the current counter top and cabinet colors or textures. The latest trend in these islands is to install an island of a different material and color than the rest of the kitchen. This allows your island to stand out as a center piece and become the focal point of the room.
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.
But remember, large islands aren`t the best option, as they have a center that`s very difficult to reach and result in wasted space. An island that measures 8 ft. in length by 5 ft. in width is optimal for most. Nowadays, it can be difficult to find the time to get the whole family together. Here`s where the island shines. Children can do their homework while mom and dad prepare dinner while also answering emails, or researching help for the kid`s assignment. The bottom line is that everyone comes together and socializes, like it or not.
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.
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