Incorporating an island into your kitchen layout has many benefits.
Additional storage space is one of the greatest advantages of having a kitchen island. Counter space will also be increased, allowing more room for appliances or food preparation.
Many people enjoy their kitchen island because it gives more seating options. This comes in handy when children want to be near their parent while they cook. The kids will be able to work on their homework or other projects, while staying out of the way while dinner is being made.
When deciding on an island for your kitchen, take into consideration the following different shapes and benefits of each one:
1. Angled Island
If your kitchen is an unusual shape and is more narrow at one end than the other, an angled kitchen island will fit well.
When adding this type of island to your layout, keep the widest part where there is the most room and the narrowest part where the space is more limited. The wide end can accommodate a stove top or an oven and the narrow part can be used for a prep sink, extra counter space or a couple of bar stools.
2. Rectangular Island
A rectangular island the most popular shape for kitchens today. This shape is available in a wide range of sizes. Unless your kitchen is extremely limited in space, you will be able to find a rectangle shaped island that will fit into your kitchen.
Many times this shape of island has wheels attached for mobility, so it can be moved against the wall when not in use. If your unit is large enough, seating can be placed on one or two sides.
This shape easily fits sinks or cook tops and also provide efficient storage space underneath.
3. Curved Island
Adding a curved countertop that extends beyond the edge of a square or rectangular island can give your kitchen a different look.
This extra space is excellent for seating, as it is away from the cooking or preparation area. You will be able to have a conversation, without being so close that food or grease gets splattered on your guests.
4. Square Island
Another very popular island shape that comes in a wide variety of sizes and styles is the square. This is a common island used in smaller kitchens and also often is equipped with wheels.
Many times the cabinets on the island unit are different than the wall cabinets. In addition, the countertop may be different from the rest of the kitchen as well. This gives a nice contrast and focal point to the room.
5. Round Island
Extra large kitchen spaces look stunning with a round island. There are many options available to consider when adding this style to your home.
The large surface area is perfect to accommodate a stove top or griddle. Many homeowners choose to include a small sink or wet bar area for an extra food preparation area. Additional drawers and cabinets can also be installed for storage.
When choosing the right kitchen island for your home, be sure to take into consideration the size of your space. You will also want to think about the lifestyle of your family.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you entertain a lot or have a large family?
- Do you have more than one person preparing meals at the same time?
- Do your children like to sit and talk while you are cooking meals?
- How much storage do you need?
- Do you have a lot of countertop appliances?
Once you figure out the answers, you have a better idea of what type of island is best for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to get a professional opinion so you can be aware of all of the options available for your particular space.
To read more about designing your perfect kitchen, be sure to read: Kitchen Storage Part 1: Optimal Layouts For Cabinets.
Robin’s award winning designs have been recognized by several National and Regional design contests.
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