You may not have heard of this kitchen feature, but it is becoming an increasingly fashionable feature for a luxurious look. A waterfall island is where the worktop surface continues vertically down to the floor – covering the side of the island – instead of simply covering the top. Whilst looking expensive, waterfall kitchen islands can be constructed with relative ease – read on for details of how you can create your own
Should You Have a Waterfall Island?
If you would like an opulent finishing touch to your kitchen island, you might consider a waterfall effect. The extra material provides a sleek, uninterrupted finish all the way to the floor, and helps to frame the island as the focal point in a room. Therefore, employing this tactic could be of interest if you regularly entertain guests.
The clean lines of a waterfall island mean that it is best suited to contemporary and transitional kitchens Using a waterfall effect on bathroom cabinetry can also look fantastic, whilst simultaneously protecting the cabinets from water damage.
Many online examples show an island topped with a dramatic material such as solid stone or marble, but our solid wood worktops are equally suited to this look. Real stone and marble surfaces can be incredibly expensive, but our sustainably harvested timber countertops are competitively priced and will last many years with the correct maintenance. You could create a glamorous island using our oak surfaces, or go for an eye-catching, exotic centrepiece with our striking zebrano worktops.
How to Create a Waterfall Island
Creating a waterfall island will require extra lengths of worktop, as you are covering more space with the material. This does mean that this technique is more expensive, but the finished result will be sophisticated and stylish – you may decide it is worth the extra outlay.
The worktops can be joined together in several different ways. A butt joint will be the standard choice, as joining the two surfaces in this way will not require specialist tooling. However, you will not be able to create a completely seamless appearance using this method. To enjoy a sleeker, seamless waterfall island, you may need to use a 45-degree mitre joint. We recommend speaking to a professional kitchen fitter to find out the best method for you.
If you keep up to date with the required upkeep of your worktops, they will be incredibly hygienic, easy-to-clean and wear-resistant. The extra surfaces on the sides of your kitchen island will invariably need maintaining too, which is something to think about if you are considering this option.