Whether building a new house or remodeling an existing space, a kitchen island is a must-have design feature that can transform how you use and enjoy the busiest room in your home. At the very least an island adds storage and counter space, creating a centering point between the different appliances and areas in your kitchen. Beyond that, a great island creates a gathering spot where families can congregate and create amazing memories.
Start with Size
How big do you want your kitchen island to be? This depends on a lot of variables. How much space do you have to work with? And what is going to be the main purpose of your island? Will you use it as additional cooking and prep space, or will it function primarily as seating? Equally important to the size of your island is the amount of space around it. You always want to make sure there is enough room around the island so as not to impede the flow of traffic through your home or limit the ability of the cook to move around easily and efficiently.
An island this size can fit easily into a smaller kitchen.
A bigger island can really help define the space in a large open kitchen.Photo: Caitlin Creer Interiors
Having seating at your kitchen island is a huge way to increase the functionality of your kitchen island. There are multiple ways to design your island to maximize seating capability. You can use a multi level island which will separate the seating area and work/prep space. You can use your island as a base for a banquette seating area. A table space can easily be incorporated into one end of an island or you can leave a counter overhang with enough room to move push chairs under when not in use.
This island creates a ton of seating for family and friends.Photo: Kelly Deck Design
A classic example of a multi level island.Photo: Heather Guss
Banquette seating is a wonderful option if your space allows it.Photo: DigsDigs.com
Integrating a table space is a great way to utilize one end of a large island. Photo: Kelly Deck Designs
Options are almost limitless for storage in your kitchen island. Any combination of drawers, cabinets and shelves give you the ability to really customize the island to your specific storage needs. With that in mind, its a good idea to think about what you want to store in your island. Everyday items need to be easily accessible. Small appliances and larger pots may require extra depth or height.
Drawers and cabinets with pull out shelving maximize storage potential in a medium-sized island.
Your kitchen island is the perfect place to store and display cookbooks.Photo: decorology
A mix of open and closed storage is the perfect way to showcase collectibles while concealing more utilitarian items.Photo: Homedit
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