We use kitchen islands for a number of purposes. Besides it is a visual anchor in the space, we use them for their functionality and efficiency.
Studies have shown that the majority of people want an island in their kitchen, and of those, at least half of them consider it a must-have. Since it’s apparent that adding an island is a sound investment, we’ve gathered 60 of our favorite kitchen island ideas to use for inspiration.
You can find in this article many kinds of islands to give you an idea to make your kitchen more efficient and modern.
The first thing to do is asking yourself what kind of design is going to provide the most utility, such as custom or fabricated. You need to ask yourself what will you use them for the most or what specifications will enhance the existing kitchen. Also, you need to be sure before doing it that you have enough space for that. Considering the space will enable you to think about storage because if you don’t have any space you will need some storage. You may want to increase your seat capacity in the kitchen or even if you don’t have a kitchen or dining room increasing seat capacity might be crucial for you.
You can find a variety of ways to decide to make an island in your kitchen and some of your existing space will be lost by the island. That’s why you need to take your time and make it special and in style.
There are some basic rules about planning where to place it such as placing it in the center of the kitchen if you have an enclosed kitchen. Placing it to the center will allow you to reach it from all sides or using all the corners at the same time and when your kitchen is crowded it won’t be an obstacle to walk through. In most cases using the center is the best option but this might not work for certain types of kitchens which is, for example, a perimeter island can be perfect just with the open floor plans. Another issue that you should consider that the size and shape of the island. Since every kitchen or room has a different size and shape. There is no exact layout for the islands so it will vary according to the layout of your kitchen or room. But what is certain is that for every project some space must be allowed for people to walk around and it must be approximately 40-45 inches between the perimeter of the island and the surrounding cabinets.
Below there are some ideas for those who want to have extra seatings in the kitchen or want to have some more spaces to move around. You can mix their features and create a best one for you or pick one.
1. Rolling Carts
You can use rolling carts as portable prep areas and you can keep them at any side of your kitchen so you can pull and use them wherever you need rather than featuring prominently and permanently alongside your primary counters. This is an option that is really affordable and you can save your budget using them. There are two types of rolling carts basically which are closed cabinets with kitchen drawers and open shelving style. These two types of rolling carts can be used to store, serve or cook while you can still have space to prepare your food or keeping them on it.
Rolling carts can be combined with both styles also. The distinctive feature about carts is the size and types of storage they offer. Because the features they have are too many. For example, some of them have wine racks or other extra stuff while others basically kitchen cabinetry.
2. Base Cabinets with Countertops
This type of island consists of kitchen cabinetry and it has a countertop granite or other solid material affixed to the top of base cabinets. You can choose the materials for the countertops. For example, quartz material countertop is very popular. The durability of Quartz material makes it a better option for countertops since you will probably bang down some heavy kinds of stuff, knives, plates or glass. Quartz is really tough and you will see its very good resistant to scratches and stains. These countertops because of its high durability and low shrinkage rates will be used in your kitchen for many years maybe even decades. You’ll enjoy your these type of countertops long years without worrying about fixing scratches, cracks or chips. While the main difference in these units is electric appliances they are able to affix, base cabinet with countertop is similar in design to the stationary model.
This type of island, as the name would suggest, connects to one of your kitchen walls. These are most commonly found in smaller kitchens that connect to other rooms where a standalone island would not make sense.
We can define Peninsulas as an island that connects to any kitchen walls in your kitchen. You can find these type of cabinets mostly in small kitchens which connects to other rooms or holes.
4. Table Island
Table islands are budget friendly islands as well as the rolling carts. We can define these type of islands as a table that you keep them in the center of your kitchen. The two of the islands differ in shape and designs they have.
This kind of islands might have a flat surface near the bottom or an end piece with shelving that stretches the length of the unit. They can be seen as a table like any other type of tables and at the same time they match the kitchen.
Any of the above models can make the bar island. The distinctive feature is that they have overhanging countertops which you can fit barstools underneath.
Keep in mind that all of the styles above can be mixed with any of them just whatever looks good for you choose matches with your style and dream kitchen just put it in. And you have many other options that you can make your kitchen look rich by choosing storage under these islands or countertops that holds drink accesories or bottles and glasses.