Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Kitchen Island. By Percival Besse.
An island top that is on casters may be appealing to a homeowner who doesn't want to commit to the exact positioning of the island. The countertop can be moved to the end of the kitchen if extra seating is needed or to the middle of the kitchen if extra workspace is needed. A homeowner may also find that he or she can wheel the island into a completely different room if it is needed as extra counter space for craft work or computer equipment. The counter and storage space that is offered by a island countertop can make a kitchen roomier and easier to use. A homeowner may find that the installation of a kitchen island top will add value to the kitchen because it is more useful and easier to navigate. A homeowner can choose the style and design of the kitchen island counter based on what he or she thinks will make the kitchen look the best. There are also many options for accessories such as electrical outlets, stove tops, casters, and extra eating space.
Another con is space. While it was mentioned previously that there are rolling islands, if space is at a premium, an island may just not be practical. There is nothing more frustrating to a cook than having something ”in the way” when you are trying to prepare meals for your family, or yourself. If your kitchen is small, while you may long for extra storage space and countertop, an island might not be the best solution. One con that was noted was placement of an island can disrupt the flow of a kitchen. The work-flow in a kitchen revolves around a triangle of refrigerator, sink, and range. An island can actually disrupt the flow of this working triangle, causing more issues in preparation, cooking, and cleanup. It is important to have placement so there is not a dead zone in the kitchen, or an area of countertop that goes unused due to the placement of the island. The bottom line on having a kitchen island would be to determine the size of your kitchen and the amount you are comfortable with spending. There are numerous kitchen designers who can help with the decisions.
Some smaller island carts may only be equipped to store a few kitchen accessories or towels. These additions are great for an extremely small kitchen that can only fit a small cart without looking cluttered. While these small island carts may only store a few kitchen utensils or appliances, they are still useful for an extra amount of working space if needed. A larger kitchen cart can offer much more counter space and hidden cabinet storage. A homeowner with a large kitchen space may be more attracted to a large island cart because it provides more storage for appliances and kitchen utensils. Most large island carts may also be equipped with drawer space. This extra drawer space can be useful to organize different utensils and accessories. There are also island carts available that include wine racks and cubby holes. These can be useful for a homeowner who does not have extra space in the kitchen for a wine rack.
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