kitchen islands

A kitchen island goes hand-in-hand with an open-plan kitchen-diner; it’s a work of multi-tasking genius. It creates a distinction between cooking and eating areas; gives more counter space for serving and prepping food; provides seating; offers storage and creates a perfect backdrop for your swanky coffee machine.

Planning considerations
Think carefully how you’ll use your island. Will you use it for extra seating? If so make sure it isn’t placed on the working side where there’s a hob or microwave (you don’t want a child spinning on a stool while you’re serving soup). Will you use it for workspace? If so install electricity sockets so you and the kids can charge laptops and tablets.

Will you use it as a compact cooking centre, say with induction hob, oven and statement extractor? A hob requires a fairly deep island for obvious safety reasons and bear in mind it’s more social to position it facing outwards so you can stir your roux while chatting with guests. Got a small kitchen? A clever idea is to raise a kitchen island on legs so it gives the impression of more floor space. And finally, avoid putting the sink in your island – no one wants to sit and look at a pile of dirty washing.


Types of kitchen island
So let’s consider how to go about choosing a kitchen island. A flexible option is the built-in island. Typically big enough to house drawers and cupboards you can customise accordingly with wine fridge or cookery book shelf. The new wave of kitchen islands are anything but oblong. Kidney shaped, oval or circular – there’s no rule that says they have to have right angles!


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