Kitchen islands are one of the most popular features in homes these days and there are many factors that go into creating the perfect island for your kitchen.
The most important factor when designing a kitchen island is deciding what you would like its primary function to be. Need it to double as an eating space? Additional area for food prep or a place to add storage? By taking inventory of your kitchen and deciding how you need your island to function, it will help narrow down the choices you need to make, as well as ensure a great result at the end.
After determining the function of your island, you’ll need to figure out the size you’d like it to be. The island must be large enough to accommodate all your needs but not so big that it overpowers the space and creates cramped walkways. On the other hand, a very small island in a large kitchen will look out of place as well. Scale is important in design and the kitchen is no exception. There are also different shapes of islands. L-shaped and U-shaped provide a mass amount of counter space and are best suited for a larger kitchen. The most popular island shape with our customers is the galley shape, which allows for the maximum amount of accessibility and function. Other kitchen island styles are rolling islands (great for small spaces) and circular islands (which will definitely make a statement!).
Storage opportunities increase when you add a kitchen island. You can have all closed storage, a mix of display and storage, or you can decide to add a few appliances or plumbing needs to your island. Cabinet drawers are a popular and functional choice for any kitchen island. They provide an ample amount of storage and are easily accessible. If you decide to include appliances such as a dishwasher, refrigerator drawers, or a wine cooler, make sure the electrical supply is planned before you start your kitchen renovation. The same holds true if you decide to place a prep sink/faucet in your kitchen island. You’ll need to plan for water supply and drainage.
A kitchen island adds appeal to any kitchen and even though it should be stylish, it needs to be functional above anything else!