The kitchen can be one of the most complicated rooms in your home to design. Add in a kitchen island and it becomes even more confusing for homeowners. Even though it can be difficult, kitchen islands are one of the most sought after trends for the kitchen in 2015. Asking yourself the following six questions can help you get started!
1. What will the kitchen island’s main function be?
Before you start anything, you need to decide what the kitchen island’s main function is going to be. Most kitchen islands have one side that is dedicated to cooking and one to eating. Other functions include prep work, cooking, cleaning or entertaining. If you want to have appliances or even a sink in your kitchen island, you will need plan for enough space. If you decide the main use will be for eating meals, seating should be your main priority.
2. What design will your kitchen island be?
The last thing to start thinking about is the design that you want your kitchen island to possess. The feel and look of the kitchen island should match the rest of the kitchen. If your kitchen is modern, make sure the kitchen island is modern. You can also mix and match some styles together but make sure they will complement each other!
3. How much storage in your kitchen island do you need?
Depending on the kitchen layout, you may not need to make storage in the kitchen island a priority. If you have lots of cabinetry in the kitchen already, you won’t need to have extra storage space in the island. If you need extra storage space, making sure your kitchen island has drawers and cabinets is key.
4. What appliances do you need in your kitchen island?
If you decided that you want to incorporate appliances into your kitchen island, you will have to plan for spacing. If you put your sink in the kitchen island, make sure there is enough room for the dishwasher as well so they are together. If this is also going to be your main prep area, keep the trash, recycling and compost areas are near. Make a list of the appliances that you would want to add into the kitchen island, then narrow it down to fit your must-haves.
5. How high should the kitchen island counter be?
First things first, determine if you are going to have seats at your kitchen island. If you are going to have bar stools, you will need to decide what the height of the bar stool will be. This will determine the height of the kitchen island. You can also have two different levels, one level for prep and the other level for seating. If you do not need to have seating at your kitchen island, the height is then flexible.
6. How will your kitchen island fit into your kitchen’s layout?
The busy nature of the kitchen requires every part to be designed together. The prep side of your kitchen island should be able to work without the opposite kitchen counter. The open floor area around the kitchen island is also something to take into consideration. About three feet is suggested on each end of the kitchen island but no more than five feet. The entertaining or eating side of the kitchen island is determined by the adjacent space, typically the dining room or living room.