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4 Important Things to Consider When Choosing A Kitchen Island

Jul 13, 2022

When it comes to renovating your kitchen, there are many choices to make. Choosing whether to have a kitchen island is one of the most important ones!

 

Once you’ve decided an island is on your wish-list, you’re then faced with various other decisions. The kitchen island will be the focal point of your space, and it can be a versatile asset that allows you to prep food, entertain guests, and even add extra storage.

 

But with so many options on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Not sure where to start? Let us help. Here are four important things to consider when deciding on a kitchen island.

1. Layout

The island needs to fit cohesively into the overall layout of the kitchen. For example, if you have a large open-plan kitchen, you'll need to consider how the island will affect traffic flow.

 

If you have a small kitchen, on the other hand, you might want to choose a smaller island that doesn't take up too much space and doubles as a dining table. Alternatively, you may need to choose a compact island or forego an island altogether if the room is too cramped (we can help you with alternatives if this is difficult to come to terms with!).

 

Additionally, the island's location in relation to other parts of the kitchen should be considered. For example, if you want your island to double as a prep space, you'll need to ensure it's located near the oven and bin. If your kitchen space allows you to have a view of the garden, you might want to consider placing the island opposite the window so you can enjoy the view while cooking.

2. Purpose

After taking a good look at your current kitchen layout, the next step is to consider the island's purpose. What do you want to use it for? Depending on your lifestyle, the purpose of your island will differ, so make sure to choose one that fits your needs. Some people use their kitchen island as a prep space, while others use it for dining or entertaining guests.

 

If you're using your island primarily for meal prep, you'll need to ensure it has enough worktop space and is located near the oven, hob and dishwasher. For avid home cooks, choose an island with plenty of worktop space and storage for all your cooking supplies.

 

If you entertain guests frequently, you'll want an island with extra seating, ample worktop space. If you’re a keen chef, consider a hob on the island so you can cook your meal at the same time as socialising. And if you have a busy family, look for an island that can double as a homework station or play area for the kids.

3. Storage

Another essential thing to consider when choosing a kitchen island is the amount of storage space it provides. Kitchen islands with ample storage are ideal because they provide extra space for your cooking supplies, dishes, food, wine fridges, bins, the list goes on!

 

If you frequently entertain guests, an island with storage can be handy for storing extra table linen, dishes or serving platters.

 

Also, ask yourself, do you need extra space for pots and pans? Or would you prefer drawers for smaller items? The type of storage you need will help determine the size and layout of your island. For example, if you want plenty of drawer space, you'll need a long island with more depth. Alternatively, a wider island would be a better choice if you're looking for extra cabinet space.

4. Style

Once you've considered your kitchen island's layout, purpose, and storage, it's time to start thinking about style. The good news is that there are plenty of kitchen islands to choose from, regardless of your style preference.

 

Modern kitchen islands tend to have clean lines and sleek finishes, while classic ones often feature more details and warmer tones. The island should also be in keeping with the overall colour palette of the kitchen. Also, think about the size and shape of the island. It should be proportionate to the rest of the kitchen, and its placement should allow for easy traffic flow.

 

Lastly, the worktop you choose for your island should complement the rest of your kitchen. There are many options to choose from, including granite, quartz, marble, laminate, and even concrete. Each material has its benefits and drawbacks, so selecting one that fits your needs is essential.

Kitchen islands are a popular addition to any kitchen, and there are many things to consider when choosing one. The layout of your kitchen, the purpose of the island, and the amount of storage you need should all be considered. Style is also important, and you should choose an island that will complement your existing décor.

 

If you're unsure where to start, book an appointment with us for a free design consultation. We would be happy to help you create the perfect kitchen island for your home.