If you’re planning a kitchen redesign and have a large space to play with, you might want to consider installing a kitchen island. It will look amazing and become the focal point of your new kitchen, but before you get carried away with design ideas, it’s worth taking a step back to consider the pros and cons of having one.
Storage – having a kitchen island will enable you to have more cupboards, so there’ll be more storage space in the room. If you do a lot of cooking and baking, the extra space will enable you to have more gadgets and equipment!
More working space – an island will give you a lot more surface space to spread out on when you’re cooking. You could either use it to have different preparation areas or just luxuriate in not constantly having to tidy up around you as you prepare your food!
A better view – normally, you have to do your preparations on worktops that face the wall. With a working island, you can look into the room instead, giving you a more interesting view. It also means that you can talk properly to anyone else who’s in the room at the same time.
Can be used for extra equipment – if your kitchen is a really busy working area, an island will give you the opportunity to install another sink or a hob to make cooking much more convenient.
More seating – a kitchen island can become as much a focal point for the family as a large table. With matching stools, everyone will have a chance to sit together for a cup of tea or informal meals.
Make your kitchen brighter – rather than having everything in your kitchen in one colour, you could be creative with the island and have it in a contrasting colour. You can also install strip lighting at the base of the island to brighten things up a bit more.
Cost – as you will be adding extra units, worktops and possibly a sink or a hob, the total cost of your new kitchen will be a lot more. And it might not just be the extra units you need to pay for – if you would like a sink and a hob, you will need to add power and plumbing to the island, which will involve putting piping and drains under the floor.
Space – you do not need to just consider the amount of space that your kitchen island will take up, but the space you’ll need around it too. You must have at least 900mm of space around your island to make it practical to work in.
Cleaning – it stands to reason that more surface space equals more space that needs cleaning! Sadly, we don’t sell elbow grease…