Kitchen Island Designs

An effective method of creating more counter space in the kitchen, particularly in an overly large kitchen, is to have a kitchen island installed. There are a surprising number of kitchen island designs to choose from that can serve all kinds of functions. The kitchen is the busiest room in most households and a well designed kitchen island can very well become the hub of the home.

You will find kitchen islands for sale further down this page.

Rather than entering into the possibility that a kitchen island will not meet the needs of a bustling family, take the view that you can have a kitchen island built would not only solve this issue for you but also give your children an area to sit and do home work while you prepare dinner or to expand a natural gathering place in your home. Having an island designed and built is a cost effective way of expanding your kitchen’s ability to manage the traffic of your family and friends.

Kitchen island designs are very similar to each other. There are two options for design and those are the kitchen island cart and the fixed island. Of course the difference between these two is the ability to move them. Each design has general dimensions that can be increased or decreased according to the needs of the specific customer. These changes of course will change the amount of storage space that is available but not the overall function of the island. The size of your kitchen will likely determine if you want to be able to move the countertop to accommodate guests or have a permanent countertop to accommodate your family.

So what are some of the more popular kitchen island designs? Let’s start with the permanent islands and you can go with a simple small countertop with under bench storage, something that might complement a traditional L-shaped kitchen. In a larger kitchen you might go with an oversized square kitchen island that will give you extended cabinetry underneath and perhaps a cooktop in the center.



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Another popular kitchen island design is the island that accommodates seating on one or a couple of sides. This creates the perfect gathering place in the kitchen and turns it into the heart of the home.

Floating kitchen islands take a number of different forms and starts with the small cart, moving up to a butcher’s block and up to a more extravagant mobile table. These are perfect for the smaller ktichens where you only need the extra coutner space on a temporary basis.

Butcher's Blocks For Sale



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The cost of course, will depend of the extent of material and complexity of the design. Islands construction can be done from most any type of wood material as long as it is sturdy and has some durability. The countertops also vary in style and material. A few of the most common countertop materials include laminate, butcher block, marble and granite. The cost will also be determined by availability and whether or not the island is custom built.

A feature that is a popular addition to the kitchen island is a sink, which will require some plumbing to be done before adding the cabinets. A stove top, particularly one that sits flush with the rest of the counter is another nice feature for the island. However adding this to the kitchen island may negate some of the other possible functions such as using it as a servery or a place where children can sit.

Islands that are already fabricated can be purchased right away and delivered or installed with minimal planning. Many of us have specific needs, though, and for this reason they will decide to install a custom island that requires more planning, a solid design and lengthy discussion with the builder. If the island will be added to the existing kitchen and unmovable, serious considerations will need to be discussed and planned before construction begins. Moveable islands are a great deal less complicated but if building, will need to be given the same considerations so that style and efficiency are well thought-out.

As with all new features the kitchen island design that you choose should attempt to meet the needs of the entire family. Safety issues must be considered as well as the most efficient use of the space.

A Floating Kitchen Island

Counter space is usually a premium commodity when installing a new kitchen and a lot of consideration should go into exactly how you are going to maximize it. If there’s room for an innovative idea, explore it to the fullest because there’s often more than one way to arrange the room.

A kitchen island can look and be just about anything you want it to be, from just a work counter to a built-in unit containing a sink or a cooktop. It’s a great way to add functionality to the room, making use of some extra space and creating more bench space.

A floating kitchen island is one of the many configurations you may choose to use and could consist of a butcher’s block or a cart that has been converted to act as the island. The floating part of the island refers to the fact that it may be moved from place to place as the needs change or as more space is needed.

Take a look at the range of butcher's blocks available that would serve very well as properly functioning floating kitchen islands.

Butchers Blocks For Sale



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The floating kitchen island gives you the versatility to place an island into a kitchen that may not have the room to contain one all the time. When the island is not in use it can be rolled away into a corner, another room or under a table and then brought out when food preparation is required.

Some floating kitchen islands also give you another little benefit and that is another storage option with cupboards, a drawer or a shelf (or all three) contained under the food preparation area. If your space is tight, then the odds are there is going to be a necessity for any storage space you can get and this portable option will come into its own yet again.

The butcher’s block as the floating island option is probably the most commonly seen but just about any food preparation surface set on wheel for convenient movement will work too. It’s all about choosing the piece that best meets your needs and works well in your kitchen.

Possible brand names to look for when buying a butcher's block include John Boos, Whitmore and Bally. Kitchen carts can be found from brand names such as Danver, Winsome and Legnoart among others.