By z41. Kitchen Islands. At Sunday, August 25th 2019, 11:29:48 AM.
Some islands are more for eating or socializing. These islands can be bar height or table height and usually have countertop overhangs to sit at. One think to consider, though: if you use your island for seating, consider a wood counter top. Stone is a cold surface for sitting at.
A U-shaped island is even bigger. This provides even more space but is also one of the largest styles. You probably won’t see this style in a standard-sized house.
There are many different ways you can approach this decision, and since an island takes up a significant amount of floor space it’s worth it to take time to make every element of its design intentional.
The trend nowadays is to have a portion of the island become prep area and a portion of the island dedicated to seating, if you have the space.
First, make sure you have planned for the space that is needed. Kitchen islands take up more space than you might think. For example, the typical island is two feet wide with a one-foot overhang of counter top. Plus, you will need at least another two feet for chairs and a place to sit. In addition to that, you will want a minimum of three feet on each side of the island. For the most part, you will need 12 feet to make an island work.
In addition to creating more counter space, an island is also a way to add more storage and avoid kitchen clutter by using drawers, cupboards and shelves. This is beneficial especially if appliances take up a lot of cabinet room, or if you’re looking for a unique way to showcase certain items by using open shelving. Store dishes and pots within reach or keep less frequently used appliances out of the way. Another option is to use open shelving to display cookbooks or other items.