Kitchen islands are very popular amongst homemakers as it is a meal preparation space that also doubles as a place to have a quick bite. They come in various sizes, shapes and designs and are usually placed in the middle of the kitchen for easy access from all sides.
Thinking about a kitchen island for your kitchen not only provides extra space in your kitchen, it also gives you a comfortable place for preparing meals. However there are some points to consider if you are thinking of installing a kitchen stand.
Sufficient clearance space
First of all, you have to ensure that there is sufficient clearance space for the kitchen island in your kitchen. If it is small in size and simple in design, you don’t actually require much clearance. Generally, you require a minimum of 36 inches of walking space around the island.
The more there is the better it is as it facilitates easy movement around the kitchen and makes it easy to open cabinets and use appliances. This is important as it is annoying bumping into things while working. Moreover, smaller kitchen islands give your kitchen the appearance you desire without much hassle.
Place to do homework
If you have extra space, you could consider buying a bigger kitchen island that comes with more cabinets and perhaps additional features like an attached sink. These kitchen islands also come with sufficient space to place a toaster or microwave and other similar features and capabilities.
Not only can you use these kitchen islands for preparing and eating food, many mothers also use it as a place for their kids to do their homework while they keep an eye on them. In case your kitchen is not large enough to hold a kitchen island, you could consider using a portable butcher block or a kitchen cart that gives you better kitchen space in your small kitchen.
Proper ventilation and maintenance
Besides the size of the kitchen island, if you are thinking about a kitchen island for your kitchen, do remember to place emphasis on proper ventilation. This means you have to ensure you have a ventilation hood installed to get rid of all your cooking smoke and odors within a few minutes’ time. You could also install a small ventilation fan instead of the ventilation hood for throwing away all the excess odors and smoke circulating in the kitchen.
Some kitchens are designed or rather shaped in such a way that it is difficult to actually install a kitchen island. The only thing to do in such situations is look for a smaller or different shaped kitchen island or renovate your kitchen to accommodate the kitchen island. Of course, this may not be feasible for everyone.
Do remember that if you are thinking about a kitchen island for your kitchen, it entails additional maintenance and cleaning commitment from your side. You have to take care of its countertop and ensure its cabinets and other structures are always maintained well. If you find it difficult just maintaining your kitchen, it may not be suggestible or advised to have a kitchen island installed.
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