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5 Tips and 5 Questions to Consider When Adding a Kitchen Island

Somewhere to relax and sip your cup of coffee in the morning… a place to whip up your latest dessert recipe… a cozy spot for doing crossword puzzles and winding down your evening… where else but an inviting kitchen island? A kitchen island can add a lot of value to your home. What’s most exciting about kitchen islands is that they effectively create more countertop space as well as storage room without making the kitchen feel any more crowded. Not only does it provide extra value, counter space, and storage, but it also makes the kitchen more functional and stylish.


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Nelson Cabinetry Gray Shaker Kitchen Collection with Island, Wood Hood, and Wall Microwave Cabinet


Since it also functions as a surface for food, work, and play, it also opens up the kitchen to other possibilities, too, enhancing its role as a center of shared activity. The possibilities for kitchen islands are virtually endless, from open-base kitchen middle islands that serve primarily as counter space and a table to island cabinets that are integrated into the existing kitchen cabinetry for storage. If you’re thinking about adding a kitchen island to your home, here are some tips that will help make the process easier.

5 Tips on Kitchen Island and How You Can Add One to Your Home

1. Decide on the purpose of your kitchen island.

Do you want it to be a place to prep food, or somewhere to eat? Maybe you want extra counter space for entertaining guests. Knowing the purpose of your kitchen island will help you determine the size, style, and features you need.

2. Measure your kitchen to see how much space you have to work with.

You’ll also want to consider the size of any existing appliances or furniture in the kitchen that could get in the way of your new island.

3. Choose a style that matches your kitchen’s décor.

If you have a modern kitchen, look for an island with clean lines and minimal embellishments. For a more traditional kitchen, look for an island with ornate details and storage options.


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4. Consider what kind of countertop you want for your kitchen island.

There are many different countertop materials to choose from, including granite, quartz, butcher block, and laminate. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to do your research before making a decision.

5. Decide on the features you want for your kitchen island.

Common features include cabinets, drawers, shelving, a sink, and seating. But there are endless possibilities when it comes to customizing your kitchen island, so be sure to think about what would work best for your needs.


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Nelson Cabinetry White Shaker Island 72-84″ Kitchen Microwave Drawer Base Cabinet


Adding a kitchen island to your home can be a great way to increase storage space, counter space, and the overall functionality of your kitchen. Just be sure to take the time to plan ahead so that you end up with an island that meets all of your needs.



5 Questions to Consider When Adding a Kitchen Island

1. What Function Will It Serve?

First, decide what your main motivation for a kitchen island is. If the main purpose is to have more storage, then be sure you get compartments that best serve the kind of storage you’re looking at. A kitchen island with cabinets can provide you with additional space for stowing not just your kitchen but also more multipurpose items like magazines, board games, or cookbooks. If you want to showcase what’s inside, consider leaving the doors off the cabinets.

2. What Size Will Work With the Kitchen?

Together with the function goes the size of the island. If there’s a lot of traffic in the kitchen and you want to make sure it doesn’t get too cramped, a smaller island might be the right choice. A small kitchen island cabinet can still do wonders for your storage, and just a little extra countertop space makes its own viable contribution by providing the kitchen with another “station.” Mid size kitchen islands and large islands are best if you have an especially large kitchen and will even serve to divide the space without getting in anybody’s way.

3. Do You Want to Build It Yourself?

You can save a lot of money by building a kitchen island from scratch. Take a look at online tutorials to design a kitchen island, which is easier than you might think. Making kitchen islands is essentially a question of combining cabinets with countertops, and there are easy kitchen island plans available on the Internet for those of you who are interested in a rewarding DIY project.



4. Do You Really Want a Rolling Cart?

In many instances, whatever a kitchen island can do, a rolling cart can do. For greater flexibility in terms of the configuration of your space and use of the cart, take a look at your options for a rolling cart as well. There are even rolling kitchen islands, which are something of a combination of the two. And these are possible to build yourself, too, with the only difference being the wheels on the bottom.

5. Do You Want a Countertop Overhang?

Frequently, kitchen islands feature a countertop overhang. Beneath, there is no kitchen cabinetry and instead a space designated for stools. If you do want a countertop overhang, will it be just on the side facing the kitchen, facilitating conversation with the cook? Or will it be on all sides, so that the cook also has a convenient place to sit down while preparing ingredients? When calculating the dimensions of the island and especially the countertops, it’s important to consider this.



Final Thoughts

A kitchen island can add valuable countertop space and storage room to your kitchen without making it feel cramped. When considering a kitchen island, think about the function it will serve, the size that will work with your kitchen, whether you want to build it yourself, and if a rolling cart or countertop overhang would be beneficial. With a little planning, you can have the kitchen island of your dreams.


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