Monday, April 8, 2013

Kitchen Island Ideas – Creative Storage at Islands

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 designed one.

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.

Better Homes and Gardens’ website recently published this inspirational article called “New Kitchen Storage Ideas” that will help you contain the clutter and find a place for some critical items beyond the typical wine storage and book shelves. These ideas are great for any kitchen, not just islands!


Wine storage and bookshelves are still great ideas and help 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.

Also check out Better Homes and Gardens’ article “15 Style Setting Kitchen Islands” for more inspiration and beautiful photos. And, send us your ideas!


Until next time!
Elaine Bothe



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