A kitchen island has become a must-have in any home, whether you’re looking for a new home, putting your house up for sale or just want to continue loving your existing house. It’s no longer an afterthought. And, if you don’t have the budget for a whole kitchen renovation, you can achieve that newly remodeled kitchen look simply by adding an island. The kitchen island will create an impact, and if designed properly will certainly make a statement.

How much room do you need for an island?
Kitchen islands do take up space, but because they are multi-functional, look great and can help you make the most of your space, it’s well worth it. They will provide additional needed storage, cooking, prep, and dining space.

You will need enough counter space to meet your needs and still look proportional within the kitchen. Don’t forget, you also have to have ample pathways around its perimeter as well as be able to open drawers and cabinets.

Therefore, at a minimum, the island should be at least 4’ long x 2’ deep. Allot 36” to 42” to open drawers and cabinets.

Use of space

You can create room for your kitchen, if necessary, by doing away with your table and chairs, if you opt for allowing dining space. Or move the table and chairs to create a t-design. Install a dishwasher, stove top, sink or oven in the island and/or wine cooler or small fridge. They can serve double duty or free up space by removing existing ones. Ideally, if you do need more room, create the space by opening up or removing a wall or remove cabinets from an opposite wall.

When considering the island’s uses, the island has to be able to accommodate the activities. The height should accommodate your ability to prep, cook and serve. If you plan to cook and dine on your island, consider either a raised or lowered eating counter to create a safety buffer against an open flame or scalding steam. Chairs or stools should be selected to accommodate the dining style.

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Which types of cabinets and countertops work best?
Choose to either match new or existing cabinets or select a complimentary style, color. It can be lighter or darker in tone or match your flooring. The countertop can also either be the same as your other countertop in terms of materials and/or color or a new color or material can be chosen. The island can be rectangular, square, L-shaped, triangle and straight edged or curved creating an oval effect. These is no hard and fast rules, let your taste and imagination rule! This is where our expertise will come in, we can help you make the perfect selection for you!

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Bella Casa Kitchen & Bath understands that the kitchen is more than just a place to cook and eat. A well-designed kitchen is the central and oft used room of your home.

Visit our exclusive custom design showroom, you’ll find everything you need to make your house beautiful, from quality cabinets to beautiful flooring, countertops to hardware, expert assistance and much more.

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