Published at Sunday, August 25th 2019, 15:37:33 PM. Kitchen Islands. By Landra Schuster.
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.
Still not sure what exactly you’re looking for in your own kitchen island, or looking for ideas and inspiration? Read on to see 60 stylish kitchens with islands, each addressing the needs and spaces of each home—everything from wheels to sinks, and cooktops to book storage.
Think about what kind of design (whether custom or prefabricated) is going to provide the most utility by asking the following questions: What will it be used for the most? What particular features will enhance the existing kitchen? What does the space need? If the room lacks cabinet space, you’ll want storage. If you don’t have a kitchen or dining room table (and even if you do), extra seating might be a priority.
Complex islands feature a sink and a disposal unit for preparing fruits and vegetables. A chopping board may be pulled out from one end, while another could be on the countertop. The workspace gets its illumination via overhead lights, recessed light or track lighting. Some even have small fridges, microwaves and cookers.
Some islands are for preparing food. Often they have a prep sink or a kitchen cook top in them. This can be a good area to put an under-counter microwave or a wine fridge in also.
Take advantage of being able to use the space above the island by adding suspended storage, where you can display a matching pan collection or your best stemware. You can also experiment with lighting elements, or if you’ve decided to install a stovetop with overhead venting you can use the space for the range hood.
These carts have at least one side on wheels with storage space under the countertop. Some have drawers and cabinet space underneath. This type of kitchen island is practical and ideal for a kitchen area that is smaller but needs the additional counter space. It can easily be pushed to the side during entertainment or if table space is needed. This style won’t break the bank and is something that you can add to your kitchen this weekend.