No kitchen is complete without a kitchen island, especially when so many options are available for every taste and every budget. In Part I of “Kitchen Island 101,” we discussed the preliminary steps that need to be taken in order to begin the designing process of your kitchen island such as making a list, narrowing down your preferences, and selecting the right materials. In Part II, we will discuss the different styles of kitchen islands and key elements that you will want for your kitchen island design based on your preferences. When you're ready to begin designing and constructing your kitchen island, Splendid Kitchens is your first choice for quality work and excellent design!

Primary Elements

In Part I, we had left off at the primary elements for two reasons. First, they are the most difficult and intricate decisions you will have to make. Second, they require a more in-depth analysis in order to guarantee that you are equipped with the knowledge to make the most appropriate decision. However, no need to worry! We’ll walk you through each section.

Sizing & Spacing

The height of your kitchen depends on its primary use. If you are planning on solely using your kitchen island for food prep, the average height is typically 36in. This height is also considered the overall average for a kitchen island, and will accommodate low barstools as well. If you plan on having taller barstool seating at your island, plan for at least 42in. A combination of the two heights can be used to create a tier structure to accommodate both prep space and taller barstools. Keep in mind legroom by making sure there is 9-13in. between the knees and the bottom of the counter.

The length of your kitchen island will vary a bit more than the height. The standard length ranges from 2-3ft. wide, and is 7ft. long. These lengths will vary, however, depending on the size of your kitchen and what you intend to use the kitchen island for.

When it comes to spacing, keep in mind the overall flow of your kitchen. The kitchen triangle can help here. Be conscious of where the sink, refrigerator, and stove are situated. The kitchen island should not cut through this invisible triangle by more than 12in. Think about your workflow within this triangle, and maintain awareness of how you can avoid disruption of this flow.

Again, we visit the magic number 36.  It is recommended that you leave at least 36in. of space on each side of your kitchen island, if not more. This provides just enough space for guests and others to move about the kitchen while not disrupting your workflow.

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Seating

As mentioned above, the type of seating you select for your kitchen island will impact the height. It also is important to the style of your kitchen island. Whether you choose to have low or high barstools, it is crucial that you take into consideration whether you will leave space to stow the barstools below the island countertop or leave them displayed.

Kitchen island seating can serve many purposes. Maybe you wanted additional dining space, an area to entertain guests, or a spot for your children to work on homework. Whatever your reason, seating options are as diverse as the style of the kitchen island itself.

Storage

Many people opt to build a kitchen island for the sake of additional storage. If you’re looking for more storage options, keep in mind that you’re not restricted to a boring look. Depending on what you will be using the extra storage space for, think about what option is best for accommodating certain objects such as pots & pans, cookbooks, and utensils. If you are strictly looking for a place to stash pots & pans, consider deep, wide cabinets. Consider adding built-in wine racks or towel racks, especially if your main goal with your kitchen island is for bar/entertaining purposes. Don’t forget that your kitchen island does not need to lack in appearance to make room for storage. By using a mix of drawers, doors, and shelves, your kitchen island can maintain its sense of style and individuality.

Shape & Style

Selecting the shape might be the most difficult aspect of your kitchen island. The reasoning behind this is because you have a ton of options! Let’s look at each one individually.

 The U-Shaped kitchen island is the chef’s dream come true. Out of all the designs, it is by far the largest and most accommodating. This style of kitchen island provides plenty of room for seating and room for appliances. It also includes three walls that can be used for shelves or cabinets. If you are passionate about cooking or baking, the U-Shape would be a good fit in your kitchen.

The U-Shaped kitchen island is the chef’s dream come true. Out of all the designs, it is by far the largest and most accommodating. This style of kitchen island provides plenty of room for seating and room for appliances. It also includes three walls that can be used for shelves or cabinets. If you are passionate about cooking or baking, the U-Shape would be a good fit in your kitchen.

 The Galley style of kitchen islands is the most straightforward, and works well for most kitchen layouts. It also provides optimal amounts of storage, and is best paired with bar-style seating. This kitchen island would work well for someone looking to maximize their storage space or have additional seating in their kitchen.

The Galley style of kitchen islands is the most straightforward, and works well for most kitchen layouts. It also provides optimal amounts of storage, and is best paired with bar-style seating. This kitchen island would work well for someone looking to maximize their storage space or have additional seating in their kitchen.

 An L or T  kitchen island shapes are great for filling in any blank space that you may have in your kitchen layout. Keep in mind the ebb and flow of your kitchen with this style, however. You don’t want to have the additional section of your kitchen island inhibiting your overall flow. This island is ideal for anyone that needs just a little more prep space or storage.

An L or T  kitchen island shapes are great for filling in any blank space that you may have in your kitchen layout. Keep in mind the ebb and flow of your kitchen with this style, however. You don’t want to have the additional section of your kitchen island inhibiting your overall flow. This island is ideal for anyone that needs just a little more prep space or storage.

 Why go square or rectangular when you can go round? The circular kitchen island adds a touch of personality and a unique style to your kitchen. You have two options when working with a circular kitchen island: full-circle or half-moon. This decision primarily depends on your personal preference and more importantly, how much space you have to work with. The circular kitchen island offers plenty of meal prep room, and is also great for someone that wants to entertain guests at the kitchen island. The expansive seating area is excellent for socializing.

Why go square or rectangular when you can go round? The circular kitchen island adds a touch of personality and a unique style to your kitchen. You have two options when working with a circular kitchen island: full-circle or half-moon. This decision primarily depends on your personal preference and more importantly, how much space you have to work with. The circular kitchen island offers plenty of meal prep room, and is also great for someone that wants to entertain guests at the kitchen island. The expansive seating area is excellent for socializing.

 A rolling kitchen island is convenient, versatile, and excellent for a smaller kitchen. This type of island is not stationary, and can be moved from space to space at the user’s discretion. When not in use, a rolling kitchen island can be tucked away in a corner and out of the way of the rest of the kitchen. The rolling kitchen island is great for someone that needs just a little more room to work with at an affordable price.

A rolling kitchen island is convenient, versatile, and excellent for a smaller kitchen. This type of island is not stationary, and can be moved from space to space at the user’s discretion. When not in use, a rolling kitchen island can be tucked away in a corner and out of the way of the rest of the kitchen. The rolling kitchen island is great for someone that needs just a little more room to work with at an affordable price.

 If you’re looking for a statement piece that will catch the eye, the furniture-style kitchen is the best choice! This kitchen island tends to be a little smaller than the typical kitchen island. It is best for someone looking to add a unique touch to their kitchen, who wants a more “homey” feel, and doesn’t need a lot of extra space.

If you’re looking for a statement piece that will catch the eye, the furniture-style kitchen is the best choice! This kitchen island tends to be a little smaller than the typical kitchen island. It is best for someone looking to add a unique touch to their kitchen, who wants a more “homey” feel, and doesn’t need a lot of extra space.

At Splendid Kitchens, our goal is to help you achieve the most beautiful and functional kitchen island design possible for your money and your effort. Now that you are equipped with the proper knowledge to begin construction of your kitchen island, let us help you build a more kitchen today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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photo inspiration for article: http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/99-beautiful-kitchen-island-design-ideas-pictures

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