Choosing a Kitchen Island
Practical, stylish and efficient, an island is always helpful in the kitchen. Here are a few tips for choosing the right one.
Why have a kitchen island?
A central island is multifunctional. It adapts to your needs and your preferences. It can be installed in a closed kitchen, but is more often seen in the centre of an open room. An island can be used to set up a dining area, a cooking space, a storage area, etc.
An island based on the size of your kitchen
A central island can be integrated into the original design of a kitchen’s layout, or can be added as a separate element in its own right. The first element to consider is the size of the kitchen. If you’re installing an island in a closed kitchen, the room should be no smaller than 15 m2 (approximately 161 square feet). With a height that usually varies between 33 and 35 inches, experts recommend leaving at least 39 inches on all sides of the island to accommodate traffic, or even a bit more if your island has a dishwasher.
An island based on your needs
Choose your island based on what you want to use it for, and plan it according to a triangle of activity (cooking area, washing area and preparation area) in order to facilitate your movement in the kitchen. Whether it’s a simple table, a storage area or a fully equipped working area, an island offers a variety of different solutions.
What kind of island for my kitchen?
For small kitchens, it’s preferable to choose a semi-island, a great solution for optimizing space and facilitating movement throughout the kitchen. It can be placed against a wall. If the kitchen is more spacious and open, choose an island that integrates well with the kitchen or with the furniture of an adjacent room. A central island can be movable or stationary. There are many combinations of shapes (round, square, rectangular) and a variety of materials (wood, stainless steel, marble, stone, glass or laminate).
When choosing your kitchen island, be sure to examine your project carefully and get help from an experienced professional!