A well designed kitchen islands add value to your home and will compliment your kitchen if planned accurately. Before setting up your kitchen island decide what purpose it is likely to serve so you can plan out the size and location. Remember that a kitchen island has to be a free standing space like a typical island in the middle of the ocean unattached to any wall or counter. It has to be of the right size and shape so that it does not make the area overcrowded. Ideally, at least 40-45 inches space is suggested between kitchen counter and the island.
Essentials to keep in mind for designing a kitchen island
Purpose of Use
If your kitchen island is likely to serve as a dining area then leave adequate space around it for people to push back their chairs. The island’s height can be determined on the size of chairs or stools you are planning to use for the dining area. If the island is likely to be used as a storage area then you can have neat cabinets built below it to store all your groceries and glassware.
Size and Shape
The empty space within your kitchen will decide the exact location of your kitchen island. Once this is determined, use your creativity to plan the size and shape which would compliment the area. Islands generally are of the same color as countertops and can be placed at either in the center or at a convenient corner of the kitchen. Depending on the size and shape of your kitchen, availability of free space and your needs, you can set up a permanent or a temporary island.
Maintain the triangle
The work around a kitchen is carried out in triangular fashion between the cooktop area, the sink and the refrigerator so this imaginary triangle has to be maintained at all times. An island should not cut through more than 12 inches into this area. This triangular shape maintains work flow in the kitchen section seamlessly as everything is within reach.
Self made or designer planned
Since early days islands were designed around the needs of families. People just made it to suit their convenience. In present day of designer kitchens one has to use the services of a designer to get the best look and ambiance out of their kitchens.