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sspi Kitchen Islands May 16th, 2018 - 01:05:42
Ok, let`s say an island is going to work well for your design. Now let`s move on to making it the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some suggestions for adding increased utility and original personality. Think about the seating. Do you need seating? If so, how many seats. Rule of thumb is 24 inches per diner but if you have smaller bar stools or smaller diners i.e. children...then you can fudge this a little. Don`t crowd it. One level or two? One level is best for entertaining and maximizing the work space. The space can double as a serving area when not used as seating. Hint: if one level works for you and you have a sink in the island, install an air switch for the disposal. This is a small flat button that is installed in the countertop and is far better than cutting into your side panels with a switch, or worse, having to open the cabinet door to turn it on. Try very had to have one slab of stone, granite or other solid countertop material if one level island. Seams are a no-no. I repeat, no seams. If you want two levels, then that is fine, if it works. Hint: Don`t buy into the conventional idea that the 6 inches of raised bar "hides" anything. It does not. No one is fooled into thinking the kitchen...is not really a kitchen. Make the island different than the rest of the kitchen. Try different cabinetry materials or different countertops, but not both. Or, think about two islands in one with two different, yet complementary materials such as the wood and copper in above picture.
But remember, large islands aren`t the best option, as they have a center that`s very difficult to reach and result in wasted space. An island that measures 8 ft. in length by 5 ft. in width is optimal for most. Nowadays, it can be difficult to find the time to get the whole family together. Here`s where the island shines. Children can do their homework while mom and dad prepare dinner while also answering emails, or researching help for the kid`s assignment. The bottom line is that everyone comes together and socializes, like it or not.
The large immovable kitchen islands may turn out to be a kitchen remodeling job, with the design work and planning that entails. Water, gas or electrical lines may have to be run for this type. It can be used for just food preparation, or sometimes seating may be added with counter stools, so that it has a work area on one side, and seating on the other. Either way, the 360 degree access that a kitchen island provides will make your kitchen a dream kitchen.
A drop leaf is another feature that you may want to have on your kitchen island. The drop leaf gives you some extra counter space which can be used for either extra seating capacity or extra work space. Any kitchen can always use extra counter space, whether it`s to be used for seating or working. If your kitchen needs storage capacity and work space, the kitchen island is the best way to do it for the least expense.