The traditional kitchen table has made way for its multi-functional cousin: the kitchen island. A versatile piece of furniture, it provides a comfortable work surface as well as a place to eat and socialize. There are many varieties of kitchen island: from free-standing units on castor wheels to built-in areas that house appliances. Here are our top 10 kitchen island design ideas.
A kitchen island is great place for a rubbish bin, especially if the island is your main work surface. Have a concealed bin in a drawer underneath to keep it out of sight and smell. You can even cut a hole through the counter top which allows for easy depositing of composting waste.
Conceal your basic appliances by integrating them into your island: a dishwasher, oven and even a washing machine can all comfortably form part of your central island, provided your space allows it of course! Make sure that you finalize the position of any appliances before your fit the island since retro fitting gas, water and electrical points can become quite expensive.
If you have a spacious kitchen, consider making the most of it by incorporating seating into or around your island to create a breakfast area. A U-shaped or L-shaped island offers multiple work surfaces and creates a cozy place to eat.
The design of your kitchen island can provide a great opportunity to have concealed storage. Clutter is not everyone’s friend, so it’s great to hide away books, small appliances and other paraphernalia within clever panelling.
Install hooks, rails and other useful fittings to get all the little things out of the way. A recessed panel underneath the top will ensure that everything stays within reach while remaining out of sight.
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