If you long for a kitchen island but you think you do not have the space for one, think again. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing islands for small kitchens – some are just clever planning whilst others are ingenious design techniques. To help you achieve the look you desire, we have compiled this list of things to consider when creating an island in your small kitchen.
Making a Decision
An island is a useful and multifunctional feature to have. They can provide extra worktop and space, a place to eat and are also often used to separate the kitchen area from the rest of your house in an open or broken plan design. You could argue that in a small kitchen these benefits are even more valuable. Limited space should not mean you are unable to have an island that takes advantage of all of them – it really depends on what you want from your kitchen island.
Are you looking for a larger worktop area? Do you need more storage? Would you like to create a seating area? These are the questions that you need to ask before you start planning.
More Surface Area
Creating more worktop space is potentially one of the biggest benefits of an island in a small kitchen. When planning your kitchen island, you should consider is how you will use the space. Additional space for preparing food will often be the primary reason but you could also install a sink or hob or even use it to present some of your kitchen items like a fruit bowl or cookbooks.
Kitchen islands can offer plenty of storage space for anything – from plates, bowls, and cups to vegetables or dry goods, or, as shown here, wine. Commonly, you will find them with closed cupboards but islands for small kitchens often feature open shelving as an additional tool for creating more space. This gives you the opportunity to display some of your more beautiful kitchen items but if you want to hide clutter away, you could opt for some attractive baskets.
Space for seating
Even small kitchen islands can have space for seating as long as you choose the right products – we suggest having stools rather than normal chairs. The lack of a back means that stools can be pushed right under the island, keeping precious floor space as free as possible.
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