Winter is a wonderful time to host a cozy dinner party, whip up a round of cocktails, and catch up with old friends. At the center of all this action is your kitchen island. With the proper kitchen design, an island will make your cooking space much more functional, valuable, and attractive. If poorly arranged, however, it can be hard to use or even obstructive. Use the following ideas to get the most out of your island.
3 Kitchen Design Tips for Your Island
1. Add Storage
If the walls of your kitchen island don’t house cabinets, shelves, or drawers, you’re missing out on valuable storage space. Talk to your contractor about turning your island into a treasure trove. There are shelving options available to suit every need. Opt for shallow open or glass shelves if you’d like to display your most attractive cups or dishes. To hide unsightly clutter, choose hidden panel storage or toe-kick drawers tucked in at the island base. Add a cabinet custom-built to hold your wine collection. If you have young children, ask your contractor about kid-friendly kitchen design options. You can even add a feeding station for your pet if Fido’s bowl always seems to be underfoot.
2. Make It a Table
If you’re like most families, you probably don’t eat every meal in the dining room. Your kids may do homework in the kitchen after school, or grab a quick breakfast on the counter before heading out. Kitchen islands aren’t just for added counter space. If you’re looking for the perfect casual spot to have your morning coffee or fix a midnight snack, turn your kitchen island into a table. By extending the counter and placing bar stools beneath it, you’ll maximize your use of this feature.
3. Ensure Convenience
Your kitchen design should make the cooking experience easier. This means that your island should be placed properly so that you’re able to fully open all dishwasher and cabinet doors. Any pull-out garbage bins should be placed near the sink and dishwasher for ease of use. Your island can also help create the convenient stove-refrigerator-sink triangle that makes it much simpler to navigate your kitchen. Durable, heat-resistant countertops are also critical. If your island is lacking these features, talk to your contractor about an upgrade.
To get started on your kitchen design project today, get in touch with Broadway Kitchens & Baths. From their locations in Manhattan, NY, and Englewood, NJ, they’re proud to fashion homes with top-of-the-line upgrades. They’ll help you through the entire process, from planning your vision to executing the final installation. To view a portfolio of their prior work, visit their website. Call (201) 567-9585 to speak to a professional team member at their Englewood location, or (212) 260-7768 to reach their Manhattan office.