Kitchens.com
Home / Blog / Kitchenology / Ask a Designer: Island Pros & Cons

Kitchenology

Ask a Designer: Island Pros & Cons

 

What are the pros and cons of a kitchen island?

Janice: An island to the kitchen offers more countertop space, more prep space. It adds design aspects. You can make it look like a piece of furniture so you can change the color of it. It adds interest to a kitchen. In some kitchens, it can have a disadvantage because you have to walk around it to get to … if you have a refrigerator on the opposite side of the room, islands can be a very good source for seating in the kitchen. People love to have their children in the kitchen with them to do their homework and they can still prepare their dinner and they can watch their kids; they’re sitting right through the island. That’s a good thing as well.

Christine: The big question that people ask is different island heights, should it be one height. I think that keeping an island at one level is nice if you’re more of a self-contained kitchen. If it opens up into a living space, it’s always nice to have the raised back because that way it blocks any mess that you have on the island. The one thing to think about is you definitely need a minimum clearance of three feet on every side. If there’s seating on the island, you’ll need more on the back side done. It’s really just the space constraints.

ColorBar-Divider

ColorBar-Divider

 
 

ColorBar-Divider

Most Popular

How to Measure Your Kitchen
Measuring your kitchen can seem a daunting task. Our handy…
Read more...
How to Use Color
Color makes a huge impact on the space it fills.…
Read more...
Green Resources
Green design is a science, not an art. Some principles…
Read more...
Common Mistakes
 Gearing up to remodel? Don't start before reading our list…
Read more...
Countertop Comparison
  Explore our quick overview of counter options, then click…
Read more...
Appliance Q&A
Perhaps you put your chef’s hat on every few months…
Read more...

ColorBar-Divider

© 2000 - 2014 by Kitchens.com All rights reserved.