Building Efficient Kitchen Islands: 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid

Building Efficient Kitchen Islands: 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid

Kitchen islands are the focal point of the kitchen. They are a multifunctional element, which can be numerous things. Namely, a kitchen island can serve as a cleanup center, food prep center, cooking center, and storage center. Moreover, kitchen islands are normally the place where the family gathers to share stories and ideas while eating snacks or casual meals.

However, and most often, when it comes to designing kitchen islands, not enough planning is put in place. Consequently, homeowners end up with poorly-designed kitchen islands. This becomes more of a limiting feature than a source of convenience in your kitchen.

So, you need to take a great deal of care when designing your kitchen island. There are 5 common mistakes that you must avoid. Shall we look at them?

Disregarding The Island’s Purpose

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As earlier stated, kitchen islands can serve several different functions, including food prep, cooking, serving, cleaning up, and storage. So, before you start designing your island, it is imperative that you consider the roles it will play.

This will determine the width and depth of your land, particularly if you need space for major appliances. If you have lots of space for a wide island, you can consider installing multiple kitchen stations in it, such as a sink and a stove.

If you’re looking to have a cooktop on your island, keep in mind that you will need a range hood above it. You don’t want your home to be always smelling like cooked food. If a range hood hanging down into the center of your kitchen doesn’t impress you, install a sink instead.

If you want to make your island a cleaning area with a sink, remember to include the dishwasher. You don’t want to be walking across the kitchen to put a plate in the dishwasher after rinsing it.

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Inappropriate Kitchen Island Size

Kitchen islands need to be a suitable size for the kitchen and for their intended purpose. Namely, a very small island may not be functional. Likewise, very large islands may interfere with the traffic in your kitchen.

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), you should leave at least a 42-inch allowance between your island and the nearest countertop. If your kitchen is spacious enough, you can consider having two kitchen islands instead of one large island. This promotes smooth traffic flow.

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Poor Seating

If you choose to have a seating at your island, you’ll either lose storage space or you’ll have to store stuff in this area that you normally not use. Moreover, you will need to get a comfortable counter height in the seating space. Make sure that counters for seating are about 42 inches high for 30-inch stools. You should also allow about 18 inches off countertop for knee and leg room.

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Impeding Workflow

Kitchen islands need to be placed as far as possible to avoid cutting into the working triangle – the path between sink, fridge, and stove. You need to keep the working triangle free to help optimize your efficiency in the kitchen.

This can make a significant difference in open floor plans in small homes. If your kitchen island is going to be extending out into the living area, maybe an island is not appropriate for your space.

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Poor Lighting

Lack of enough light in the kitchen can expose you to accidents. You need to see what you’re doing, lest you chop your fingers off. Consider installing a trio of pendant lights. This can be a stylish way to improve lighting over an island.

It is a great idea to make the lights dimmable if you are also using the island as a dining area. Proper lighting for food prep can be awfully bright when it comes to eating.

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Final Thoughts

Kitchens islands are a versatile element, whose function range from serving as a central component of your work triangle to providing additional seating space for entertaining. Designing a kitchen island calls for careful planning in order to get the best out of it. It’s imperative to avoid the above mistakes, lest you end up with a poorly-designed and non-functional island. And lastly make sure you kitchen counterop matches your kitchen island.

 

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