3 Questions About Kitchen Islands Answered by Experts

To properly design a kitchen, you have to pay great attention to detail when you pick out cabinet hardware, materials, and finishes. At the same time, you must look at the big picture to ensure all the pieces fit together well. One of these key pieces that cannot be overlooked is a kitchen island. These features serve countless purposes and can be instrumental to the overall kitchen design

What is an Island in a Kitchen?

As far as the traditional structure goes, kitchen islands are essentially additional storage and countertop space that are disconnected from the rest of the counter and cabinetry. They are aptly named as they sit independently in the middle of the kitchen. 

These islands typically hold cabinets, drawers, and a solid countertop to do with as you please. However, kitchen islands can also be whatever you want them to be—a food prep area, a casual dining spot, a multipurpose table, and more. 

How Big Should a Kitchen Island Be?

Measure the total area in the center of your kitchen, and make sure you leave enough space on all sides to walk without issues. Additionally, if there’s a fridge nearby, make sure there’s enough room for you to stand with the door open and not feel crowded.

When choosing a kitchen island, you need to be mindful of the size. If you build it too big, your kitchen is crowded; too small, and it looks awkward in your kitchen. 

The size of your island is completely dependent on your kitchen. If you have an open layout, you have more freedom to design it as you please. On the other hand, if your kitchen isn’t open, you’ll have to be mindful of all four sides of the island. 

How Can I Use a Kitchen Island?

One of the best parts about islands for your kitchen is the countless uses they hold. As a homeowner, you have the freedom to choose how you want to use this extra space. Some islands serve as a breakfast bar where the countertop extends, but the cabinetry stops short for chairs to slide in beneath the cabinet to allow for seating at the kitchen island.

Another common use is using the kitchen island as a prep and serving area. As you cook meals, kitchen islands provide ample space for prepping. When a meal is ready, again, you have plenty of space to set food. If there’s anything that homeowners agree on, it’s that they can always use extra counter space, and that’s what islands provide.

As kitchen islands provide an open space, many homeowners like to put either their stove or sink here. This design allows you to be able to move around the island and easily access both features. 

Regardless of how you use the counter of your island, you’ll still receive extra storage space spread between cabinets and drawers. If you’re considering adding a kitchen island, you can visit Sterling Kitchen & Bath, one of the premier cabinet stores in the Philadelphia area, to find the perfect kitchen island cabinets.

The Experts at Sterling Kitchen & Bath Can Help Design Your Kitchen

Islands are perfect solutions to any kitchen that needs more storage and counter space. You can take advantage of your island’s versatility by using it as a storage, food prep, and dining area. If you’re interested in seeing how a fully designed kitchen island looks, feel free to give us a call or contact us online to schedule an appointment to visit one of our many showroom locations

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