The kitchen island is one of the centerpieces of your home. It creates an open area in your kitchen, adds more storage space to your kitchen, and is the first place you look at when exploring someone’s kitchen. Even if you don’t currently have a kitchen island, you can absolutely have one installed in your home. However, you might not be sure where to start planning your kitchen island. Let’s explore this checklist of kitchen island design questions to help you get started.
1. What Material Do You Want To Use?
Kitchen islands can be made of a variety of materials, including but not limited to granite, wood, laminate, and so many more. The countertop will specifically consist of a material like granite, laminate, marble, limestone, quartz, wood, or stainless steel. Sometimes both the base and countertop might consist of the same material, which is often the case with kitchen island designs that include wood or stainless steel. Think about the current layout of your kitchen and consider which one would be the best match. Also, consider the maintenance requirements of each material and which one you are more comfortable with executing upkeep, and what works best with your current budget.
2. What Style Of Kitchen Island Do You Want?
When brainstorming your kitchen island design, consider the fact that there are many styles of kitchen islands from which to choose. First, consider what shape you want for your kitchen island. The four shapes commonly seen in kitchen islands are rectangular, U-shaped, L-shaped, and curved or circular.
Next, see if you have room for a built-in kitchen island to be installed. If it appears that you don’t have room, or you just want to save money on the installation process, there are portable and furniture-style kitchen island designs worth considering. Regardless of the chosen shape and whether or not you pick a built-in or non-built-in kitchen island, take a look at the current layout of your whole kitchen to determine what will work best.
3. Do You Want Shelves Or Drawers?
When looking at the different possibilities for your kitchen island, consider whether or not you want to include shelves or drawers in your kitchen island design. Since kitchen islands have also been used for storing kitchen utilities, think about what kind of utilities you would store in your kitchen island and whether or not they will be best stored on shelves or in drawers.
4. Do You Want Any Additional Utilities In Your Kitchen Island?
Speaking of drawers, one popular trend worth noting in kitchen island design is the installation of one or two stacked fridge drawers, which allows extra space for items that require refrigeration, especially if you tend to have a full main fridge. Another utility worth thinking about installing is a sink. If you plan to use your kitchen island for additional cooking space, an additional sink that includes a garbage disposal will make clean-up easier and allow for more dishes to be cleaned at once. There are countless additional utilities that might be included in a kitchen island, but sinks and fridge drawers are the two most common and worth the most consideration.
5. What Will You Use Your Kitchen Island For?
The most important question of all to consider when getting a kitchen island is that of your kitchen island’s intended purpose. Will it serve as extra space for cooking and baking? Do you want to have another option where friends and family can gather to share a meal? Do you need more storage for kitchen appliances? Are you just looking to give your kitchen that charm it’s been missing? Those are just a few possible uses for a kitchen island. Whether the kitchen island is single or multi-purpose, knowing why you want a kitchen island in the first place will allow you to feel more confident in making your dream kitchen island a reality.
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We hope that this checklist has made planning your kitchen island installation easier. After completing this checklist, you might be wondering, “Who can help me with actually installing the kitchen island?” Contact us at Houston TX Home Remodels to start bringing your kitchen island design to life today.