We all want beautiful things and to add to this list of unending items, you can now add, kitchen islands. They look amazing and everyone interested in doing up their kitchen is asking about them or wants to make changes to their kitchen to accommodate one of them. Islands have been making things convenient ever since we started dumping people who are a menace to society on them, in your kitchen too, if they are well places, they can make work a lot more convenient. More people would be allowed to move around in a kitchen without coming in the way of the other.
The same goes if the situation had been turned upside down. If the island in your kitchen has not been planned properly, it might be a hassle as it would keep getting in the way, hindering work. Sometimes they could have been perfect in the area they have been placed in, but the kitchen is too small to accommodate them causing a giant inconvenience.
Here are a few tips to help you figure out whether you have enough room for an island in your cooking area or not.
There is no standard size
You would not find a standard size of island for your kitchen. You have to realize that islands change in style, size and design, depending on the kitchen, and how large it is. You can always settle for a smaller island or a slight change in the design. Companies would be happy to change the type of island to suit your needs.
Clearance and sufficient space
When you are communicating with the people who will be modifying your cooking or dining area or the company providing the material for your island, you have to make sure your measurements are accurate. You have to consider how many people would be staying in that house, how many people usually move around the kitchen and so on. If you are looking at blueprints, you have to verify that they haven’t added any new additions to the already existing blueprints, sometimes they might not show on paper. You have to account for the gaps that have to be big enough for someone to walk through and not just enough for people to squeeze through.
Making sure people in a kitchen are safe is an impossible task since we already know, the kitchen is the most accident prone room in the house. You have to make sure no one gets stuck in a corner when the island has been set up. Account for all the cabinets and make sure that everything opens safely. You have to make sure that you create a proper view all around as well, the last thing you would want is for someone tripping on something lying open in a corner on the floor.
Making an island from scratch
You can ask your designer if they are capable of making the island from scratch. This would be an interesting task and would be able to match the designs of the rest of your kitchen. You can come up with something innovative to accommodate all your needs. This is usually done when you have a kitchen that is too large or small for the standard size chart.
You can have an island that is small enough to fit in your kitchen but serves the purposes of having an island, with all the cabinets and can be used as a table top for cooking or mixing. You could have a tiny counter in the kitchen, with its own drawers, cabinets you can store your stuff in.
Add an island that does more than it should
Islands are specifically designed for storing items in their cabinet and creating an additional table top in the kitchen, other than the style they provide. You don’t have to stick to the standard though, and can easily use your island to create new alternatives, like reshaping the top to be your dining table. Everyone can eat around it.
Everything should be symmetrical
You should always account for everything being in the right proportions since that usually makes everything look better. You can have a table exactly in the center of your kitchen making sure that it divides everything properly so and have that as a new island and a dining room, remember that this should be done only with the larger kitchens.
Peninsulas also work
If you can get an island, you can always create an island that touches a counter or wall on one side, of course it would no longer be called an island. Kitchen peninsulas are the next best thing and they are catching up. They help you divide your cookery in separate sections.