Kitchen islands add flexibility to your food preparation space. They offer more counter space, extra room for appliances, and even more seating options. They also act as focal points to tie the room together visually. Kitchen islands are one of the most requested items in remodels and new homes. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, consider the benefits of adding one to your design.
Decide the function of your kitchen island before you launch into the design process. Is it strictly for food preparation space or does it also need to seat your family and guests? The more functions you can include in the plan, the more versatile your island. Consider any appliances that will live in the island and how they will impact your preparation space. Countertops that are too thin or short quickly decrease your workspace. Once you know the function you need out of your island, you can create a plan that accommodates the flow.
Think about the space you have available in your kitchen. The island needs to work with the current features of the kitchen. It can’t block walkways or impede access to your cabinets. The wrong measurements can hurt the resale value of your home down the road as well. While we know you want to squeeze every inch of counter space out of your island, it is important to make sure you will be able to work around the island’s design.
All islands have different features built in. Too many features can make your island cluttered. You must find the balance between clutter and proper use of space. Some features you can put into a kitchen island include:
- Wine refrigerator storage
- Extra refrigerator drawers
- Multi-level surfaces
- Specialized storage
- Appliances like a microwave, steam oven, or stovetop
Choose the elements that best fit your lifestyle to add the most function to your new island. Talk with your designer to find out how to incorporate the features you want for best aesthetic effect. They will be able to help you figure out the best layout, providing you with maximum space with the most beauty.
Use the Space Above
Don’t forget about the space above the island. Now that you have this beautiful island in the middle of your kitchen, it provides you with the opportunity for even more storage. Add hanging racks to display your best pots and pans or your stemware. Consider interesting lighting fixtures above your island. The possibilities are endless.
If you are ready to start on your new kitchen island, we are ready to help. Our design team handles everything from start to finish. Visit our showroom to see all the options we have available and get a free consultation today.