Kitchen islands have been a popular staple for the past few years in kitchen remodels. As kitchen trends have started to lean toward larger spaces and open concept floor plans have become more popular, islands have been one of the most requested features in a kitchen. However, not every kitchen is equipped for an island or even needs an island. When remodeling your kitchen, deciding whether or not to add a kitchen island can be a critical question.

Here are a few tips and benefits that islands can bring to your kitchen:

Think of the island’s purpose

Islands can be extremely functional in the kitchen – they can be prep stations, cooktops, serving areas, and storage. Some people house their stove top on an island or move their sink to the island to increase counterspace. Adding a bar top edge to one side can provide additional seating within the kitchen. You can even create a nook for your microwave within the island. Really think through what you are looking for the island to accomplish within your kitchen.

Islands can be a great place to add stools for in-kitchen dining

Measure, Measure, Measure

Make sure to take careful measurements of the island footprint. You want the island to be large enough to be functional but it definitely needs to fit within the existing kitchen space. Ensure the refrigerator doors can fully open, and people can easily maneuver around the island.

On the other hand, creating an island that is too small can also be an issue. Ensure there is enough storage space, prep space, or dining space based on your function goals.

Ensure there is plenty of space to maneuver around the island.

Add Electricity

If you are using an island for prep space, make sure you have an electrical outlet built into the island. This way you can plug in your mixer, blender, or other small appliance directly at the island.

If you are adding a cooktop or sink, ensure your plumbing and gas are properly set up as well.

Create a focal point with a contrasting cabinet color and countertop

Bring in a Focal Point

Finally, installing an island can be a great way to add a focal point to your kitchen. Use this space to add a pop of color by adding a contrasting cabinet color. Or add texture through a different counter top. Bring in lighting overhead with interesting pendant lights, or add a unique vent hood if you have your cooktop on the island.

Kitchen islands can bring additional function to a kitchen remodel. However, not every kitchen is equipped for an island. Consider the space in the kitchen and the exact function you want from the island. Maybe a peninsula would work better for your needs. Still can’t make the decision? Contact the design build experts at Reliable Home Improvement to start your kitchen remodeling process.

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