January 13, 2012

What Will You Use Your Kitchen Island For?

It's no secret that islands top the list of kitchen renovation must-haves. After all, islands can transform the way you work and socialize in what is most likely the busiest room in your home.

Whether you're looking for more cooking, storage or food-preparation space — or maybe even just a spot for your guests to place their drinks while you're preparing dinner — the addition of an island is a great way to update your kitchen while adding value to your home.

Before you decide what kind of cabinetry and countertop you'd like on your island, it's important to figure out exactly what you'll be using it for.

Cooking
If you love to cook, an island with a built-in cook top will allows you to stay in the centre of the action at all times. Remember, however, that island cook tops require proper ventilation and special consideration must be given if you plan to eat at the island. This can be addressed by designing the island with a raised eating counter which creates an effective safety barrier to open flame and steam.

Island with cook top. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.
Food Preparation
The space on a kitchen countertop is often so covered in small appliances (coffeemaker, toaster, mixer) there is little room for food preparation. That's where an island can save the day. Add a bar sink to your island and not only can you entertain with ease, but you'll also be able to keep all of your food preparation in one place.

Island with large food prep area and under-counter storage. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.
Storage
Bowls, plates, cutlery, glasses, coffee cups, pots, pans, casserole dishes, food...there never seems to be quite enough cupboard space in a kitchen. While you're planning what to do with the top of your island, the under-counter storage space is an added bonus you'll love taking advantage of. Choose open shelves to display your cookbooks and dishes, closed cabinetry to hide the harder to organize items, or a combination of both.

Dining
Whether you plan to use your island for entertaining or for your causal eating needs, be sure to include an overhanging counter with plenty of room for your knees, allowing a minimum of 24 inches for each chair.

Island with under-counter storage and seating. Design by Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre.



Can't decide what kind of island to include in your new kitchen? Call Monarch Kitchen & Bath Centre today at 905-686-2001 or drop by our Pickering showroom at 1020 Brock Road, Unit 6.