The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s an area that provides much needed alone time while you prepare a meal or try a new baking recipe, or serves as a space for entertaining guests. With such versatility, it is important that your kitchen mirrors your passions and preferences.
One of the most important parts in the design of your kitchen—the kitchen island—requires strict attention to detail if you are going to get the most use out of this structure. Understanding the design, utility, and functionality of a kitchen island can improve the time you spend in this room.
In Part 1, we will discuss what factors need to be taken into consideration during the design phase of your kitchen island. At Splendid Kitchens, we offer complete interior design services and construction consultations for the do-it-yourself builder. We can help alleviate the stress of designing your kitchen island!
Before You Begin
It’s tempting to dive into a new project; however, the kitchen island is one that you want to take your time with during the planning phase. With a plethora of styles, designs, and elements available, it’s important that you slow down and stop to actually think about what it is that you truly want. Here’s how to begin the selection process:
Make a List
What do you use your kitchen for mostly? How would you primarily utilize your kitchen island? What are the most important features? Questions like these can help to narrow down the options for your kitchen island. For example, if you love to cook or bake, a kitchen island might provide additional counter space for food prep as well as additional storage for pots, pans, and cookbooks.
Think about the key features that you want your kitchen island to consist of. Consider whether the sink will be a part of the kitchen island, whether the dishwasher or an additional oven will be utilized in this space, or if you want a built-in mini fridge for drinks or other items. If storage is your main goal, try and envision open shelves, closed cabinets, and drawers. Do you picture a mix of these three elements, a combination of two, or just one medium? Are you going to want a space for trash and recycling?
What goes on the counter is also important. From towel bars and hooks to a countertop range and butcher block, each of these features will impact the way you use your kitchen island and how the design and layout will fit together.
Consider Your Preferences
Not everyone utilizes their kitchen in the same way. Some like to cook, while others like to bake. While the two might seem to go hand-in-hand, cooking and baking require different features and materials. People that enjoy cooking might need additional burners or more sink space. People that like to bake might prefer to have an additional oven and more counter space. If your main goal is to entertain, then consider utilizing your kitchen island as a bar. This is where the additional fridge comes in handy.
Keep in mind such concepts as height and seating. If your kitchen island will double as a prep area and a place for additional seating, the idea of tiers might prove beneficial. That way, you’ll have two different height levels and won’t have to worry about crouching over during food prep or not being able to reach the counter if seated at a lower barstool.