The kitchen has long been considered the heart and soul of the home. Adding an island to the kitchen is one more way to add a feature that brings the family together. Choosing the right island for your kitchen is an important decision. The island serves so many purposes, and it needs to be well thought-out before installation day. To make the most out of your island it’s vital to consider functionality, aesthetics, price, and so much more.
The following do’s and don’ts of kitchen islands will help you deliberate and decide what direction you should take.
As tempting as it may seem to install the biggest, boldest, and roomiest kitchen island available, first stop and consider the size of your space. Take the time to measure the dimensions of the kitchen and include variables like the walking room, furniture, and convenience. The last thing you need is to realize you’ve barely got room to squeeze by the island to get to the fridge. Smaller islands are not a bad thing and do wonders for small kitchens. So don’t shy away from the islands even if your kitchen is small. Islands are so versatile, and you can make it work for whatever size your kitchen may be.
Choose a Purpose/Role:
Decide on the purpose that your kitchen island will serve. What is the primary role that you’d like to see your kitchen island being used for? The answer to that question will help you select the different options to make your island functional. Islands can be used as an eating area only, a prep station, a cooking station, or a combination. Once you know what you need from your island, then you can begin selecting the right size, material, and storage.
Select the Proper Countertop Material:
There is a wide range of material that you can use for your countertop, but it’s essential to choose the right one for your island. Concrete and cement countertops are sturdy and durable while providing a unique look and feel. Marble counters are always a classic go-to choice and fill the room with an elegant appeal. The only caution is that marble stains and scratches more easily than most other surfaces.
Stainless steel is an option that provides for an easy-clean, but stains, fingerprints, nicks, and dings do tend to stand out. Granite surfaces are the most widely used because they are scratch and heat resistant. As with any stone surface though, special care should be taken to avoid cracking from hot surfaces. Quartz, in particular, has been known to crack when strong heat is applied.
Lastly, and most affordable, you can choose wood or laminate countertops. Wood adds a different look and plastic laminate can be changed and customized to fit your needs. They are the least durable but still serve their purpose.
The different factors that play into selecting a kitchen island can add up fast-and so can the price. It’s important not to sell yourself short but decking out your island can leave you with less wiggle-room for other things you may need. Once your island is complete, you will most likely add some chairs or stools, and other finishing touches. Leave room in your budget to do so, that way no there’s no part of the project that suffers.
As mentioned above, there are plenty of choices to fit your budget when it comes to countertop surfaces. Marble and granite are highly desirable, but if it’s not feasible, consider plastic laminate. It’s possible that you could switch it out in the future when your funds allow it. Another cheaper option is a store-bought island that comes with functional features and easy installation. It’s not custom-made, but it will get the job done.
The longer we live in our homes, the more appliances, utensils, and dishware we acquire. If you don’t accommodate for storage on your island, you will find yourself inconvenienced much more than you should be. Running to and fro from the island to the sink, and the trash is going to get old pretty fast. Make sure that you utilize your island for some perfectly hidden storage. Of course, it all depends on the purpose of your island but adding the convenience of a few extra drawers and cabinets can do wonders. If your island is mostly used as an eating-space, be sure to avoid any installing drawers or cabinets near chairs or stools so everyone can sit comfortably.
Island for One:
As with any kitchen-makeover, especially since it’s the “hub” of the home, it’s important to consider everyone’s input and needs. If you install a kitchen island that only suits your taste, the result will be that not everyone will experience its functionality.
Factor in children when you’re planning your dream island. Will they need a slightly shorter counter height? Maybe your spouse tends to leave dishes out, so why not consider installing a sink into your island? Your opinion is of utmost value if you’re the one designing and planning, but at the end of the day the experts, family members, and friends can also pass on priceless advice. There will be no more satisfying feeling when you’re in your kitchen than seeing the kitchen island being used and even more importantly-enjoyed.
The island is one of the most appealing and vibrant features of the kitchen, Choosing well and taking your time to do so will result in an island that surpasses your expectations. Pick up some magazines, do your research, and find what you like. Ultimately, you will enjoy and revel in a job well done.