Kitchen islands have become highly desirable kitchen features. They are dual-function additions that serve both aesthetic and practical purposes. Moreover, in many cases, they can serve as a focal point that anchors the kitchen’s décor theme.
Island benchtops can significantly transform the kitchen. This effect and their attributes as functional and attractive centrepieces make them well-loved additions. However, there is more to your kitchen island than the typical.
As A Chopping Block
Did you know that your island countertop can be a great chopping block? You only need to substitute conventional stone or tile counter materials with a butcher block. In addition, you can opt to have the butcher block make up the entirety of the counter space or install it in only a small section.
No matter the size of your butcher block, installing it on your island eliminates the need for a chopping board (although you may want to have one used only for meat if only to avoid cross-contamination). Therefore, such an addition allows you to skip looking for a chopping board when cooking.
For Additional Sink Space
A functional kitchen’s most important aspects are the layout and resultant flow. In order to maximise the available kitchen space, it is best to ensure that its design also allows for economical movement. In doing so, you also increase your efficiency.
So, as the kitchen island takes up the bulk of the room’s centre, you can take advantage of this feature by including essential kitchen components. For example, some people opt to add a small sink onto the island. This sink can help minimise your movement as it brings a vital cleaning component within easy reach. So, you can wash your cooking ingredients and rinse your utensils while staying close to the stove.
As A Cleaning Centre
You can use the kitchen island sink as a general cleaning centre. If that is the case, you may install compost and pull-out garbage bins for seamless movement. You can also use double-height counters to hide dirty dishes while working.
For Increased Versatility
Kitchen islands don’t always have to be fixed structures. Instead, consider a moveable one.
Moveable kitchen islands allow you to use the available room best, depending on different scenarios. So, suppose, for example, you are entertaining guests, and you and your helpers have to prepare a huge meal. You can assign everyone different sections from which they can work while cooking the food. Afterwards, once everything is ready, you can move the island out of the way to create more space in the kitchen and allow more unrestricted guest movement.
Moveable islands are perfect for small kitchens that need the best of both worlds.
To Enhance Home Value
Because kitchen islands offer many benefits (including additional counter space and storage, a better focal point, extra seating and room for more kitchen appliances), their addition can provide more advantages beyond the obvious. But, most importantly, they can significantly increase your home’s value. This effect results from the island’s secondary function as a design element that can add something special to an otherwise typical kitchen.
Take a second look at your house and consider installing a kitchen island. It will dramatically and positively affect your kitchen and cement its status as the heart of the home.