By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 11:05:16 AM.
For a start, it can provide extra prep space, and form a boundary between the cooking zone and the living/dining area. A shaped island unit can also help direct the flow of traffic away from busy hotspots. It can be long and slim, running parallel to the work area; neat and round in a compact room; or big and broad, housing a sink and appliances.
Islands are often used for prep work because they offer convenient counter space. To make using blenders and food processors more convenient, make sure there’s an outlet built into the island. If you’re having a two-tier island built with a higher bar where your family can sit, that extra riser between the lower prep level and the bar can make a really handy place for the outlet. Of course, islands that incorporate stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves will need proper electricity and plumbing too.
One of our favourite kitchen island ideas is to install a second small fridge, especially in a large kitchen where you may find yourself making too many trips to the main fridge. It’s perfect for commonly-used ingredients like fresh produce and salad, or if you have a breakfast bar you could use it for storing quick breakfast and lunch snacks. Or if you love entertaining, this would be the perfect place for a wine fridge.