Published at Tuesday, March 12th 2019. by Majlis Halonen in Kitchen Islands.
In addition to seating 4 (or more), islands today are used to house "luxury" appliances that do not fit in the cabinet structure like a second microwave, second oven, wine refrigerator or even another cooktop. Islands many times are fully wired for electricity and have plumbing for a second sink. The base of an island can be used as a wine rack. The possibilities are almost endless.
If you have space to burn, installing an oversized island would be perfect for your home. In addition to all the features they comes with, these also make great dining tables for the entire family. They provide plenty of storage and functionality and typically come with a dishwasher, sink and cabinet space.
Countertop material for the island doesn't have to match the rest of your kitchen countertops as long as it is harmonious with the room's overall design. You may want to splurge on solid surfacing here, for example, and use laminate on the other countertops. A butcher-block countertop is ideal for chopping, while granite or marble works well for baking purposes and for rolling pastry dough.
In order to make sure that you are getting the right kitchen island, you need to understand that they tend to be better suited to certain shapes of kitchen, such as ones that are designed in a G, U or L shapes. If your kitchen is on the small side, you may regret installing an island, as it is something that can restrict your movement around your kitchen, instead you should opt for a mobile kitchen cart or butcher block.
Kitchen islands work best in larger L, U or G-shape kitchens. If the kitchen is too small, the kitchen island will become an obstruction and hinder easy movement. The best custom kitchen islands for small to midsize kitchens are a portable butcher block or kitchen cart for food prep or extra storage.
If you have plenty of kitchen space in the middle, you can install an L-shaped island with countertops matching the rest of the kitchen. Not only will this add style to your kitchen, it will also enable the island to be used as a spare dining table.
Many kitchen islands can be created with natural woods such as, Northern Maple, Red Oak, Poplar, Birch, and plantation-grown exotic woods. Other kinds of kitchen islands are constructed of stainless steel, or wood combined with stainless steel.
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