Paradise on a Kitchen Island

June 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Tips and tricks to make this versatile culinary accessory work for your kitchen

Kitchen islands supply that much-needed extra counter space

Think about a typical dinner at your house. Do you approach the meal with ease, always able to find the tools you need to prepare your chosen dish, or are you always frustrated because there’s simply not enough room for you and your family to comfortably work around each other? If the latter sounds familiar, it may be time to install a kitchen island. These fixtures provide additional counter and storage space in a variety of styles that work in any kitchen.

Fixed Islands

This island layout is most often seen in open-plan kitchens. It functions as an extension of your existing counter space. Islands typically stand in the center of the kitchen and may be square, rectangular, L-shaped or a customized shape that fits the space available. Underneath, there’s enough room for cabinets and drawers or even a miniature refrigerator or wine cooler. Large, lengthy fixed islands can be paired with counter-height stools or bar chairs to create an extra eating area that’s perfect for breakfast, snacks or parties.

Rolling Islands

If you’re always going here and there in the kitchen, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to take the countertop with you? Kitchen islands on rolling castors are the answer when you need mobile counter space. In addition to allowing you to prep food in any part of the room, these islands often include storage space such as cabinets, drawers, slots for knives, and hooks for hanging other utensils. A movable kitchen island is also a great asset if you like to cook outside in the summer; simply roll it out onto the patio when prep time comes around and bring it back inside when the meal is over.

Island Tables

Putting kitchen islands and dining tables together creates a unique layout that gives your kitchen a compact yet comfortable feeling. You might consider adding an extendable table to your existing kitchen island or putting in a kitchen island that can function as a table with the addition of chair or bench seating. Both save space without compromising the design or the size of preparation area they provide. Working-height tables are tall like countertops but have the style of a dining table so you get the best of both worlds. This may be the best option when you have a small kitchen or dining area that needs more work space.

You can’t really go wrong when you add a kitchen island to your home. Visit Cardi’s online to see our selection of these beautiful, versatile fixtures, or come and visit our MA and RI furniture stores for a closer look.

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