Published at Saturday, January 6, 2018, 13:22:17. by Afrodille Dubois in Kitchen Islands.
There are almost countless uses of this piece of kitchen furniture which, generally, has a smooth flat top surface and excellent storage space. People tend to used the kitchen island for storage, as a dining table, cutting surfaces, etc.
The L-shaped island is an extension of your kitchen cabinet. You will need to plan this piece of extension while building the cabinet itself. These cannot be incorporated later on. Also, they are not mobile. This island uses minimum space, with the breakfast bar attached to the rest of the cabinet. This makes the room look spacious.
Once you finalize the size of the island after checking out the area available, you can further decide on the placement. The usual idea is to place it at the center, without touching the walls, but you can choose from other options. You can place it in between the kitchen and the living room. This style is very popular these days, where the islands are used as a partition between the living room and the kitchen in place of a wall. Another idea is to place it in between the kitchen and the dining area.
Now, stationary islands are the best solution if your kitchen offers a larger space. This means that you can get in a full-sized island that perfectly works as a dining table as well. All you need is a nice glass or granite countertop and pendant lights suspended from the ceiling right above this breakfast bar. Of course adding up the dining essentials to the countertop needs no mention. Now line up the chairs and get set to enjoy your food right here! A style having half part dedicated for dining and half for other work also works well. In this case the dining corner can have an empty base that offers enough leg room while you sit on stools and dine here. Only the other half of the island can have drawers and shelves below it.
If your kitchen and living area are combined, then this is the best design. You can also use this instead of a separate dinner table. This additional piece of furniture will give you extra working space. Some designs also have the sitting arrangement facing the living room. However, be careful while choosing the design, as the entire look of the living area will change due to this addition. A waterfall island with an extended top can also be an option.
All in all, these designs can be really useful, only if they are planned and constructed well. The kitchen island helps in utilizing the space in the kitchen effectively and also provides the much-needed extra storage space.
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