20 January 2009

The kitchen island has come a long way from the days of a single small table in the middle of the kitchen. Now, kitchen islands are often elaborate becoming fully equipped, complete with sink, stove, refrigerator and etc.

The Benefits of Kitchen Island
The most important benefits of kitchen island is the additional work space, storage area and room for extra appliances. Kitchen islands become central to the overall kitchen design and add a luxurious touch to your kitchen.

A flat surface island (as opposed to multi-level) is a simple solution and contributes a simple elegance to a kitchen. Architectural details such as bump-outs, corner posts, inset areas and open shelving add personality and style.

While a kitchen island can be as simple as a table with open legs, many new kitchen islands are being designed with functional and decorative touches, turning the island into the focal point of the kitchen.

Some kitchen islands are elaborate custom-built fine cabinetry and include a sink, granite counters, a stovetop, cabinets for storage, a second dishwasher, a warming oven, or a small refrigerator.

The simplest and most common ones have a single surface , like a tabletop. But a multi-level island can incorporate both food preparation and eating areas, wine racks, cookbook shelves, bar sinks, deep fryers, and other amenities. A step-down or step-up surface adds interest and separate work areas.

10 things you should know before Installing Kitchen Islands.
  1. Make sure you have enough space to place the kitchen island.
  2. Stack up empty moving boxes in the size and shape of the island to see how it will fit in your kitchen.
  3. Determine the function of the island. Does the kitchen island just become as extra counter space or more with adding shelves and drawers for storage?
  4. Think about using two different counter levels for storage and display space, and for design details and finishes.
  5. Give space between the island and stationary cabinets about 35" to 40" wide.
  6. The height of the counter of a kitchen island has to match with the other countertops in the kitchen.
  7. The area of movement between the sink, stove, and refrigerator is called the work "triangle". When thinking about installing a kitchen island, try not to interrupt this efficient movement from appliance to work center.
  8. Make sure that your kitchen island is designed in style and compatible with the entire kitchen concept.
  9. Depending on the kitchen size choose between portable or custom built islands.
  10. You may ask or discuss the island design with designer or professional for help. Make your job easier.


Kitchen Appliances said...

Nice blog. Islands look fantastic in kitchens, although many are simply not big enough.

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