Are you planning a kitchen remodel? One of the first things most
people want to add is an island if they don’t already have one. Regardless if
it’s a center for cooking prep, eating, entertaining or just extra workspace,
the fun part of an island is that you have get four sides to play with. I love
packing islands full of maximized storage and utility.
If you’re thinking about one, make sure you have at least 36
inches on all sides of the island so you can easily move around it. If that
leaves you with a 12 inch wide plank of an island, give it up. Your kitchen
will function a lot better without an island than it will with a poorly
If you want to be able to comfortably eat at the island, use
a minimum of a 12 inch overhang where your knees can go. 18 inches would be
better. Also, these dimensions are minimum countertop depths for a place
setting. No less than 12” deep! If you’re just going to use the space for
drinks or for guests to perch while entertaining, then you may use smaller
overhangs and counter depths.
Wine storage and bookshelves are still great ideas
keep your valuable countertop space clear. I also like the idea of open storage
for big pretty bowls or dishes, though in my house a cat would probably want to
curl up in one.
My favorite is this smart pet bowl pull-out neatly contained in the toekick!
Store Fido’s food in the cabinet above, and, you can easily slide the bowls out
of site if company stops by.
Check out this amazing pull-out surface
. I love this idea
because it instantly expands the space, and can provide a lower height counter for
prep if you’re short or for kids, for rolling out pie crusts, kneading bread or
making things in big bowls. Consider this idea especially if you want a wood
surface for the rest of your island and want marble for baking.
If you have a huge kitchen and love a rustic look, try a mismatched
pair of islands,
especially if they have different functions. One could
be for eating and one for baking or prep. This helps give a big kitchen a less
overwhelming and more human scale, inviting look, because there isn’t a vast
expanse of all matching finishes.
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