By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:40:55 AM.
Chopping food can be a dangerous activity if you don’t have enough light to see what you’re doing. A trio of pendant lights can be an elegant way to boost illumination over an island. It really pays off to make them dimmable if you’re eating at the island too, though. Good lighting for prep work can be painfully bright when you sit down to eat.
Normally, two twenty-four inch base cabinets back-to-back will accommodate most under island functions, but you should ensure that your island is not too big, with some extra space in the middle. You should make your kitchen island three feet wide because that tends to look best — but sometimes a width of two feet is the best fit. The length can be as little as four feet, but you should plan for at least seven feet if you want to accommodate a cooktop, a sink, and a dishwasher.
The island top is a smart place to specialize your kitchen work zones. For instance, butcher block is popular for islands used largely for food preparation, while marble is often a bakers top choice. You dont have to choose a single surface -- many homeowners vary the materials atop the island, by insetting a strip of butcher block, for example.