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Designing a Kitchen Island

How to Design a Kitchen Island

An island is the centerpiece of a kitchen and serves various purposes. If you are remodeling your kitchen it is important for you to consider these amenities and design specifications. The first question that you should ask yourself is whether your kitchen can hold an island.

Most kitchens can accommodate an island but some such as narrow gallery do not offer enough space. In some islands there is no way left for you move around to the working areas such as cook top, fridge and the sink. You should move around your kitchen without an island obstructing you.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends that there should be 42 inches between the island and the cabinets. If the kitchen is to be used by multiple cooks then a 48 inch wide work isle is recommended.

If you are to include seating in your Kitchen Island then you should leave a 44 inch space for walking and do not forget that you need 60 inches space for wheelchair access. The most important feature is the proportion of the island in relation to the size of the entire kitchen. This is what determines whether your kitchen will be comfortable and have a constant flow.

Another factor that you should consider as you design your Kitchen Island is how you intend to use the island. One thing you should remember is that if you want a kitchen with all the amenities such as running gas and plumbing lines then you should be prepared to cover up the cost. For example if you want an island where you can cook then you should include a microwave, cook top and a range.

An island used for prepping meals should be large with an uninterrupted surface with appliances such as a dishwasher. Space is paramount for an island used while entertaining. The counter top must provide sufficient space for serving and dining with enough rooms where you guests can seat. A idea of your family or guests sitting on the island while you work on the opposite side is very comforting.

The kitchen is a popular place for gathering and therefore sitting should be included in the island planning. You should leave enough room for sitting comfortably as per the recommendations of National Kitchen & Bath Association.

You should not be convinced that a Kitchen Island must be rectangular. You can easily confirm the shape to fit the size of your kitchen and requirements or you may decide to make a dramatic focal point. T- Shape, L-shape and Rounded are some of the most common Island shapes.

A well lit area is also essential for safety purposes and you should consider lighting in your island plans. A kitchen benefits much from mixing lighting types such as natural light and ceiling-mount.

Features that will work for you

An Island Top is a nice place to use as a kitchen work zones. For example butcher block is famous for those islands which are used for food preparation. Marble is the best for bakers. You do not have to choose a single surface since most homeowners like mixing the surface tops. As you choose counter top materials you should remember that maintenance is paramount.

Porous materials such as marble or granite require regular maintenance and sealing for aesthetic upkeep and food safety. Other surfaces such as solid surfacing and laminate require less attention. However you want to use your Island you must consider storage. You should consider storage solutions as you do base cabinetry planning.

Extra features can make your kitchen outstanding while at the same time satisfying your personal needs. An in built recycling area inside the island helps you keep the environment clean. For easier food preparation you should make sure that the electrical outlets are easily accessible. Stowing items at the island ends help in maximizing storage.




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