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What You Need to Know About Kitchen Islands February 6, 2020

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What You Need to Know About Kitchen Islands, Rochester, New York

Today’s modern homes feature spacious rooms and large kitchens. If you’re looking to create a new kitchen design that’s open and more inviting, it’s worth including a kitchen island. This free-standing structure has many benefits. Here’s a guide to putting one in. 

Benefits of a Kitchen Island

A kitchen island provides you and your family with a place to gather for a quick breakfast in the morning. It also gives you more cabinet storage and cooking space, especially if you decide to include a stovetop or oven.

An island breaks up a large kitchen and living room into two rooms with a common boundary. An island keeps the openness but provides you with a space for people to gather in either room. Plus, you can incorporate a wood or concrete countertop to create a unique focal point in your kitchen.


kitchen designKitchen islands come in a variety of sizes, designs, and features. If you live in a small apartment, get an island on wheels so you can move it around the room and store it when you don’t want to use it. Look for an island cart with collapsible cutting boards on the side to give you more cooking prep room.

If you have a large kitchen and open floor plan, install a long island with room for multiple bar stools and a bar sink for convenience. You’ll have plenty of space to put out dishes for dinner parties, and the added sink will make clearing dishes and food scraps a breeze. You can even store a hideaway trash can for easier cleanup.

Design Tips

If you can’t decide on an island, think about the goal of your kitchen design. Consider the amount of space you have, the type of cabinets you want, and whether or not you’re going to have appliances installed in your island. Many homeowners don’t realize they can use the space on the ends of the island for a microwave or a wine cooler.

If you prefer to give people more seating options, install a longer island with a larger bar hangover. If you want to mainly use your island for cooking and storage, stick with a fitted countertop without the room for barstools.


Do you have a kitchen design in mind? Arrow Kitchens & Bath in Webster, NY, will bring your vision to life. With highly skilled and expert designers, their team will help you with all of your bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. They specialize in everything from custom granite countertops to bathroom vanities. To schedule an appointment in Monroe County, call (585) 670-9910. Check out their gallery online to see their work. 

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