One of the most convenient features of a kitchen is a kitchen island. Portable or not, an island can add extra workspace, additional seating, and a great place for extra storage. An island not only makes your kitchen more functional, but it can also add a lot of value to your home. Convenience, practicality, and beauty are just some of the great features of a kitchen island. Not only are they a great addition to any kitchen, but they look great as well. For a great kitchen island, hire a professional to ensure you get exactly what you want. Here are some tips on how to choose the best kitchen island for your home.
Rolling Cart Island
The rolling cart is a portable island that you can move. It’s great if you need the kitchen island to function in different places throughout your kitchen. It can be rolled into place and then stored up against a wall when it is not in use. These types of kitchen islands can also be locked into place, if needed. They are great for small spaces and for larger kitchens where you need your island to be mobile.
Rolling cart islands are perfect if you need the island for multiple purposes. Keep it out of the way when you don’t need it and put it back into place when it is needed. It can be great if you don’t have a lot of space and provides an extra surface when you need them.
Small, Non-Portable Kitchen Island
A small island that is fixed in place is perfect for adding more workspace, a place where you can seat extra guests, or for entertaining. These are a small island intended for food prep, meals, and seating. You can still have extra storage underneath to store your dishes or cookware. These small non-portable islands are great for when you just need a bit of extra space.
If it is not attached to the floor then you don’t need to have codes for electricity. These are a smaller unit that is one piece and it can be moved, if needed, however, they don’t have wheels on the bottom. These are perfect for a small kitchen that just needs a bit of extra counter space. While they are not meant to be moved, they can be moved if needed, as they are a solid unit that is not attached to the floor.
Counter-Height Work Table
If you just need some extra work surfaces, this type of island will work well. This type of kitchen island doesn’t have kitchen island cabinets. It is more like a high counter table.
It makes it more convenient to work at it with a stool so you can sit and have your legs underneath. It’s also perfect for entertaining if you need to seat more people or use it as a table to place food, drinks, and party items.
It can be mobile or fixed. These are more affordable than some other types of kitchen islands and work well as a counter, a workspace, and a dining area. They can be moved out of the way when not in use.
Base Cabinet With Countertop
If you need a large kitchen island or just a small one, this type is perfect. It can be as big or small as you need and it is similar to your existing kitchen cabinets with a countertop.
The base can be one of several sections and then topped with a countertop. These are great if you want to match them up with the cabinets and countertops you already have.
These are fixed to the floor and can be set up to have electricity. This is a great way to have extra workspace, a breakfast island, or for entertaining. Keep your smaller appliances below and use them here.
Fully Functional Island (Electricity and Plumbing)
The fully functional island means that you can have an extra cooktop, running water, dishwasher, and several electrical outlets. It also means that it needs to have plumbing and electricity. While this type of kitchen island provides the most, it requires a lot of work and can be expensive. It works best in a larger kitchen that can accommodate the space and extra work involved.
If you cook and entertain a lot or have a catering business, then this type of island will be ideal. It’s perfect if you have several people trying to cook, prep, and clean all at the same time. It is great for adding a lot of extra workspaces, more cooking and prep area, plus more seating and dining space. It does require professional installation and will make future renovations difficult and expensive.
Double-Tiered Cooking/Eating Kitchen Island
Another popular kitchen island type is the double-tiered island. This is a layered surface so that you can cook and dine at the same place. But keep in mind that the stovetop is lower than the dining section. Double-tiered islands combine both dining and cooking, plus food prep, and they can also work as a countertop for entertaining. Prep food, cook food, and serve food all from the same location.
It can be very convenient to have this type of kitchen island as you sit at it and walk around if you’re using it for entertaining. Food can also be cooked and served hot. It’s great for entertaining as you can place appetizers, set up a bar, or lay out dishes where people can just help themselves. It’s also great to have extra seating for dining guests.
If you’re dreaming about getting the perfect kitchen island, contact us at Moose Kitchen and Bath. We are a professional renovation company specializing in custom cabinets. We can custom-build a kitchen island that has all the features you need and will fit your kitchen perfectly. Our team of highly skilled contractors will help you find the perfect kitchen island that fits your family, style, and budget.
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