I can’t imagine designing a kitchen without an island!
The kitchen island serves multiple purposes, providing space for prep, dining, and conversation. With the right setup, your island helps create a flow that makes your time in the kitchen more efficient and enjoyable.
But I’ve also seen some islands take away from the kitchen’s functionality, creating a space that feels cramped. So what do you need to consider when designing your island? Keep reading for the dos and don’ts of the kitchen island!
DO: Think About Function
One of the most important things to consider is the primary function of your kitchen island. Is it a gathering spot? A place for preparation? Cook center? Extra storage? Your island may indeed combine all of these things, but you’ll want to decide what is most important and design around that element. You may realize you don’t have enough space for everything on the island, and will need to put part of the design somewhere else in the kitchen.
DON’T: Go Too Big
The kitchen is a room of movement, and creating the right workflow is essential. If an island is too big, it will disrupt this flow, creating an obstacle between you and other areas in the kitchen. In addition, if it is too wide, you’ll have a difficult time reading the middle of the island. Base the size and placement of the island off the size of the kitchen.
DO: Add Storage
Let’s face it: we could all use more storage in the kitchen! And an island is the perfect place to sneak in more cabinets and drawers. Cabinet design has become so functional for the kitchen, allowing you to opt for pull-out shelves, sectioned drawers, and even spice racks!
DON’T: Skimp on Seating
Most islands come with a place for you and your loved ones to sit. This creates a more casual place to dine, a space for paperwork, or a spot for conversation. Ask these questions if seating is essential for your island:
- What height do I want the counter and chairs to be?
- What type of seating do I want?
- How many seats should fit?
- What is the width of the eating space?
DO: Plan for Electric
If you plan to do any type of food prep or cooking (or even charging your phone), electrical outlets are essential. Plan for a minimum of one electrical outlet at each end of the island, so you’re never left looking for an outlet!
DON’T: Forget about Appliances
You can include a wide range of appliances right into your island. If you want your main sink on the island, it makes sense to put the dishwasher next to it. You can also choose to put the oven range and stovetop if you want your island to be a cooking center. Some fun appliances you can add include a wine cooler, warming drawer, or microwave.
DO: Have fun with Design!
While you want the island to fit with the rest of your kitchen, you can afford to take a little risk with the design. Opt for a bold color at the base of the island, or add a dining table to the back of the island. And, of course, add some unique lighting!