Published at Friday, February 9, 2018, 03:21:43. by Charmayne Bousquet in Kitchen Islands.
If you are a minimalist and don‘t like bulky furniture, just a long rectangular table with two chairs around it can do the trick. You could also use a table on wheels to make your island counter portable, or mount old storage cabinets on casters and use them as a mobile island counter, which you can keep aside when you want to give your kitchen a larger appeal. This is a particularly great idea for small spaces.
If you have a parallel kitchen, or one with parallel work tops, having an island there will only hinder your movement around. Also, they should be to scale, and not stick out like a sore thumb. Now, even a small table can serve the purpose. The idea is to keep it in proportion with the size of the kitchen. An island counter always requires a minimum of 42 inches of space all around it, particularly if there are appliances around it. This is to enable easy movement and allow easy access to these appliances. Finally, there is no limit to the cabinetry you can have below it, but when you utilize it for the purpose of seating or decide have a breakfast bar, ensure that the counter top extends at least 6-12 inches beyond the actual cabinetry for leg room.
Kitchen islands are not only functional, in that they provide an additional working space in the kitchen, they are a great way to enhance the overall appeal of the area. Best suited to open kitchens that are L-shaped, they may also be great for those with a single counter. In an enclosed kitchen, one that is not so large, it may be more of a hindrance than a utility. In any case, island counters have the capacity to add the perfect aesthetic value to a kitchen that no amount of cabinetry or decoration will do. Here, we discuss some ideas, but not before learning about some basics.
When other elements are finalized, it‘s time to look at the material to be used. This will mainly depend on your budget. If the budget is not a problem, you can go for the best material for making one. There are also those available at a lesser cost. Perfect laminate or wood finish, decorative drawers and cabinet handles, and an elegant counter top will give a posh look to the island. Make sure that the counter top is exactly the same as your existing kitchen counter top. Also the laminate used needs to match the existing cabinets and furniture in case of remodeling. For outdoors consider the type of outdoor furniture placed around. The counter top will essentially be a few inches larger than the base. Make sure the borders and corners are well finished.
Nowadays, you can see islands in almost every kitchen. The addition of this element is beneficial in many ways. It increases the workspace and helps you in better arrangement of the appliances. While planning and setting them in your kitchen, you need to consider a few things such as the available area, budget, island size, designs, etc.
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.
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