Kitchen Islands – Ideas for adding them as a part of your Remodel
If you need to create additional space in your kitchen, these ideas for kitchen islands may be just what you need… Islands can create additional usable space for slicing / dicing / chopping, serving food, or just extra space to store accessories… An island might be a very welcome addition depending on the amount of space you currently have available!
The surface can handle many jobs from serving as informal dining areas, providing additional storage, and providing additional work areas – some islands even have a sink installed in the prep area. Here we will explore some of the options available…
One of the most common choices in Islands is the one that provides additional food preparation area. Sometimes, just having that little extra area to slice and dice will make all the difference in the world.
More ideas include food preparation areas on the surface – which can come with or without an additional sink. The sink can be the only sink, or it can provide a completely separate sink just for food preparation. An island can provide additional seating for family meal time.
A nice feature in an island is the double deck – a raised area to provide separation of the eating area and the actual countertop. Take a look at the island lighting on the photos below for other ideas.
Another kitchen island idea is to think about whether or not the one you select will match your existing decor, or provide a contrast to the other cabinets… As you can see from the two photos below, each provides a unique look.
If you need some budget kitchen remodel ideas, you might choose free standing pieces as your island… making a mobile island. For instance, a utility cart can be used. It can even be rolled out of the way if more space is needed in the food prep area. You might also consider the butcher block. It is compact and usually has room to store knives and other utensils.
An island can also be constructed by attaching two cabinets together…. then adding a countertop to the cabinets. This can be a fairly economical way to customize the look of your kitchen…. you can also paint or stain these cabinets to match the look of your kitchen.
A small table can also be pulled into duty as an island if you need one and don’t have much space. Take some time to consider your islands design, and make your kitchen your own haven!