A kitchen island allows you to add a decorative element to your kitchen that also provides you with storage and working room. You can install an island in your kitchen to create a much more functional work area and give you a more comfortable kitchen overall. There are many choices when it comes to kitchen islands. They are provided by many manufacturers and in a wide range of designs, sizes and price ranges. You can use the island for preparing meals as well as gathering your family together for those meals. Many use them to allow children a place to do homework and for entertaining friends and family. They are very versatile and serve a number of needs. You can have them simply for storage and preparing food or have your stovetop or even your kitchen sink installed directly in them. They help to make your kitchen much more efficient.
When choosing the best kitchen island for your needs you will need to consider many things. First, understand that there are many choices regarding the layout of the island. They are normally best fitted for kitchens that have specific designs. If your kitchen is shaped like a G, L or U then you should get good use from an island without it cramping the room and causing an obstruction. If you are planning to install a stovetop in the island then you should consider having a ventilation hood installed above it. If you are not going to install a stovetop directly in the island then you can have a hanging pot rack mounted on it to give your kitchen a more gourmet look.
You will need to determine the size of kitchen island that will work best in your kitchen space. You should have adequate room on all sides of the island to move comfortably around your kitchen without bumping into corners of the island or other cabinets. It is recommended that you leave at least fifteen inches of space between the island and your existing countertops. Once you have chosen the size that will best fit into your kitchen you will need to determine the materials for the kitchen island. You should match the island to your existing cabinets and countertops if at all possible to create a more uniform look. You can however, customize the island to give it a completely unique look as well. There are many choices regarding cabinetry and countertop materials.
Kitchen islands can be custom built by cabinet makers or purchased already assembled from your local home and garden store. You can order them online as well. You should note that not all kitchen islands are portable. Some do have wheels that allow you to move the island around the kitchen when needed but some are stable. If you are unsure of how to install the island correctly you may need to enlist the help of a certified contractor to do the installation for you. This is particularly important if you are planning to install a sink or stovetop in the island. You will notice that the cost will be determined by many factors including the manufacturer, the size of the island that you choose, any features such as a sink, garbage disposal and stovetop and the specific materials that are used to construct the island.
You may also need to factor in an additional fee for a contractor if you cannot install the island yourself. Take the time before you purchase to research and look at various islands to get an idea of just what you want and need. You can go online and look at various styles and designs to get a better idea of what your island will look like once it is installed. You can also use the internet to compare prices for kitchen islands to ensure that you get the best price for your new island.