Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Kitchen Island. By Cammi Salmon.
Even smaller kitchens can accommodate small islands as long as you make sure that you have plenty of room to move around the island while you're working. A rule of thumb says you need 4' of space between the island and kitchen cabinets and appliances on all sides. That may not be feasible for you, but don't try to cut your travel space down too far, because it will probably cause congestion. One solution to having an island in a smaller space is to install one with pull-out shelves that will give you the extra work space you need it and can then be pushed in to not take up as much room. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that 80% of all prospective home buyers express interest in having a kitchen island. Therefore, installing an island will not only add functionality to your kitchen while you're living in the home, but it will also increase the sales value of your property and your chances of selling your home.
Next, think about what you will use the island for. The island is accessible from all sides and depending on size can have many applications. For example, kids can use it as a table to do homework on while dinner is being cooked. Or, the stove top can be on the island and helpers can use it to chop and stir. If there are multiple cooks, a free standing structure like the island is convenient and will give you more space to move around and cook without getting into each others' way. Perhaps you will use it to set up buffets that people can access while you continue to cook using the other counter space. A properly set up island can also function as an informal dining or breakfast area that is more akin to an actual table and more social than an alienating, single line countertop seating arrangement.
Another positive point about an island is that it can be designed or customized to fit the needs of the owner. As mentioned above, many islands can house various appliances, or they can provide the storage space to take the appliances off of the kitchen counters. The kitchen island may also be used as a makeshift kitchen office space. A kitchen island can be somewhere to organize meal planning, cookbooks, or helping a child with homework, while still being able to keep an eye on what may be cooking. There are also kitchen islands which can be moved as they are on rollers. This can be a benefit if the kitchen is small enough a stationary island could get in the way. The moveable island can be put into place when working in the kitchen, then moved when the tasks have been completed.
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