Kitchen islands surely bring comfort and multi-functionality to any kitchen. It is useful in many ways. To mention a few, it provides your family a nook to sit, eat, and chat. It can be equipped with cabinets, sink, stove, and shelves, which allow you to store a number of items, such as cookery books, cutlery, and even a refrigerator. The availability of sink and stove gives you an extra work space in your kitchen. Apart from adding functional space and a room for additional appliances, it enhances the beauty and aids in kitchen decorating.
Whether large or small, square or rectangular, wooden or made from granite, fixed or portable- a kitchen island is simply amazing to use. It would be good if you get one that matches with the already existing decoration so that it fits well with all other kitchen furniture. It is available or can be customized in various shapes, sizes, and designs. The choice is entirely yours. Take all the following aspects under consideration and come up with your own design ideas.
Size: The size of your kitchen island should be fairly in accordance with the size of your kitchen. It should not look too prominent. If your kitchen is really spacious and you prefer a big sized island, then you must go for the one with a breadth of 40 - 55 inches. In case its size is medium, an island with a width of 30 - 35 inches would be suitable. Even this medium-sized island requires a lot of space for accommodation. The ideal option is to get one with a breadth of 24 - 30 inches. These small islands is also available with wheels, hence portable, and is most suitable for a normal sized kitchen. Two small islands work better than a single bigger one.
Shape: A kitchen island is generally available in L, G, and U shape. Mostly, a G-shaped one is preferred. However, you can customize it in shapes of square, rectangle, or even a triangle. If you wish to go by the latest trend, then get one in round shape. It adds class and grace.
Designs: There can be islands designs based on the material used for making the counter top. One with a counter top made from granite and marbles is preferred as it provides you with an area for cooking where you can comfortably and safely perform various cooking and baking activities. Granite counter tops are a little expensive. They are still preferred for their durability and resistance against heat and scratch. On top of these, it is easy to clean. A kitchen island is light in weight if the counter top is wooden. However, you can also use stainless steel to make the counter top.
Earlier, islands were mostly fixed. But nowadays, they are often equipped with wheels and designed in a way that allows them to be folded up whenever needed. A portable one can be moved from place to place and are the best for small kitchens and especially suitable for you in case you are an occasional user. The folding type is well suited for camping purposes as well. As per design, an island in American-folk, French-country, traditional, and hip styles are also very popular.
An island enables you to effectively use the space available in your kitchen. It also brings a social atmosphere to your kitchen. A design with islands looks beautiful and picturesque. So, why wait? Go ahead and design the best island for your kitchen!