The 21st century is a hectic conglomeration of busy work and eating schedules. The kitchen is a place to dine, entertain, and hold intimate meetings, as well as an office and additional homework space for the kids. Modern kitchen spaces have decreased in size through the generations, while kitchen appliances, gadgets, and utensils have increased. Kitchen islands and kitchen carts manage space in the busiest room in the house.
A strategically placed kitchen island allows for easy access to resources and efficient preparation of meals. A kitchen island that is haphazardly placed creates bottlenecks and frustration. Remodeling experts recommend that the island's counter should be placed between 36 and 42 inches from existing counter space. In larger kitchens, seating at the kitchen island allows the kitchen island to double as a breakfast bar.
So Many Options
Determine your needs. Placing a large island in a small floor plan causes problem when additional people enter the workspace. Measure your kitchen; determine the space you need to comfortably move around the island. If you want the kitchen island to be in multiple locations of the kitchen, a portable style best suits your needs.
If you need additional drawer space, you can buy a kitchen island with one large drawer, several small drawers, and even pull-out wicker baskets. Kitchen islands have open shelves and/or hinged doors. Electrical outlets allow for all types of food preparation at that station. Basing your decision on need and ample space organizes the most important room of your home and enhances the kitchen decor.