Choosing The Best Island

Nov 12, 2021 | Blog

Winter sun may well be off your list at the moment, so if the closest you will come to an island is your kitchen one, then let’s make sure you get it right.

Kitchen islands can really pull a kitchen together and add that extra something to the space, but it must fit well and suit the existing design. You may well have fallen in love with your friends stunning island, but that doesn’t mean it will look right in your kitchen.

Here are a few ways to help you choose the right one to suit your home and your needs.

Which Size Is Best?
There are a number of areas to consider here, the first being the size of your kitchen, as not all homes are blessed with a large kitchen.  If you can barely move around the island it is obviously going to be too big, and if it looks lost in the middle of the room and doesn’t function as you need it to, then it may mean it needs to be a bigger island!

It is really important to measure the space available, and although this sounds straight forward, it’s not just the space required to move freely around the island.  You will need to take into account the amount of room needed for each cupboard, drawer, and appliance that are already placed within your kitchen to open, plus the ones you have chosen for your island.

An island should be adding character and style, and for many a practical and enjoyable area to work. It can even be a place to eat, saving on space that would otherwise be taken up with a breakfast or dining table.
If it’s a bit tight leaving the chairs out in the room, have your island designed in a way that means you can tuck the chairs away when you’ve finished with them.  You may well have a great eye for how things fit together, but to get the professional bespoke kitchen look, let us help you.

What’s Underneath?
You may be redesigning your whole kitchen or adding in items you feel it is missing. This could be the much wished for dishwasher, the stylish wine cooler, a state of the art cooker or simply more storage space.

In closing, here are 3 tips for the space below your island.

  1. Keep the kitchen work triangle as it helps with ease of access whilst your cooking to the most used areas
  2. If you place a cooker or hob within the island and you like entertaining, then place them so you can face towards your guests whilst cooking.
  3. When filling the storage spaces/cupboards place within them the items you use most regularly so that they are conveniently nearby.

If you have any great ideas as to what you would place under your kitchen island then let us know either in the comments below or follow us on Instagram

Have a great weekend.

Clinton and Fiona