Should your kitchen have an island?

Author: Claire

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If you’re looking for inspiration for a new kitchen, you will have noticed that kitchen islands are everywhere these days. There isn’t an interiors magazine or local kitchen showroom where islands don’t take centre stage – and they all look stunning!

However, what works in a show kitchen may not necessarily be right for your home, so it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons.

PRO: Flexible kitchen design

Choosing an island as part of your kitchen design gives you more choice when it comes to layout. Will you put the sink on the island, or the hob with a statement cooker hood? You could add a wine fridge under the counter, or make the island big enough to use as a breakfast bar or dining table. Design the best solution that works for your family home.

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PRO: More worktop

A kitchen island will give you more worktop space, which is always a good thing. Whether you use it for food preparation and serving, keeping favourite gadgets such as coffee machines or juicers at your fingertips, or as an opportunity to get the kids to lend a hand in the kitchen, it’s great to be able to spread out more.

PRO: More storage

You can never have enough storage space in your kitchen, and this is where having an island can be extra useful. Talk to an experienced kitchen designer to include drawers, cabinets and shelving in your island to make the most of the additional space, so you can keep crockery, pots and pans, recipe books etc tidy and organised at all times.

CON: Not enough space

If your existing kitchen space isn’t big enough to accommodate an island, you may need to have a rethink. To allow you to move freely around your kitchen, try a peninsula design instead. Alternatively a freestanding butcher’s block on castors may be more practical as it can be moved around the room as necessary.

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CON: Disrupts workflow

Sometimes, the kitchen layout just doesn’t lend itself to incorporating an island into the design – it might simply get in the way. The kitchen having one of the highest traffic flows in the home, all the elements of the space need to work with you, not against you.

CON: Extra plumbing or electrics

If you’ve decided to put a sink or cooker on the island, there will be additional installation work involving rerouting gas, water and/or electrical connections to the appliances. This can be disruptive to the rest of the kitchen design and installation process.

Choosing the right kitchen design for your home can be a daunting process. Price Kitchens have been in the business for over 30 years and are experts at creating the perfect kitchen for you. Why not give our friendly team a call today on 020 8686 9006 pop into our Croydon showroom to see how we can help?

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