A kitchen island provides added storage, an informal breakfast nook and a dedicated work surface. Don’t write off the idea of installing an island just because your kitchen is small, as there may be a solution. In today’s post, Highland Design + Build Birmingham, your trusted remodeling contractor, shares tips on how to make a small island work in a small kitchen.
Start With the Basics
Your kitchen???s shape and how you move around it are important considerations when choosing an island. Ideally, you should be able to reach the three important areas ??? the sink, the stove, and the prep area ??? from the same spot. If you find yourself having to move around a lot, then you need a midway point, and that???s where an island should be situated. Your kitchen island doesn???t have to be too large either; many homeowners are comfortable with a work area no more than about two feet wide.
As a general home remodeling rule, you need about three feet of clearance between work spaces in order to work safely and comfortably. If adding an island leaves less than this space, consider rolling islands or kitchen carts. These are the same as kitchen islands, with the bottom storage, the drawers, and the handles that double as towel bars, but with wheels. You can push it out of the way when necessary, and it can be used to move heavy items such as a hot cast iron skillet. If your kitchen remodeling project allows for building one from scratch, you can even have a custom one that tucks into the counter and can be pulled out when needed.
Repurpose Old Furniture
As the rolling island idea demonstrates, a kitchen island doesn???t have to be bolted down in a single place. Consider investing in a table-style stand instead. This type of island is less likely to accidentally move around than a kitchen cart, giving you more stability when doing prep work. You don???t even have to buy new furniture; any small and sturdy service table with the right height can be repurposed for this.
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