How to Add a Kitchen Island

One of the most precious things in a kitchen is counter space. If you’re lacking, you can instantly add more work surface with a kitchen island. The great news is that you don’t need to contact a contractor; portable islands can be added to your room that match or complement your cabinetry and they can be moved around if you ever need more floor space.

When choosing an island, here are three things to consider:

Size. The most comfortable height for food prep is about 36 inches, which is also the standard height for lower cabinets. Islands also come in this size, but you’ll need to determine the proper width and length for your space. Take in consideration the amount of floor room you have. You will want two or three feet around it to allow people to pass by. Also look at the flow of your kitchen, especially between the sink, refrigerator and stove. Don’t interrupt this work triangle.

Function. What will you be using the surface of the island for? If it’s food prep, consider the material that is on the surface to make sure it’s up for the task. If you want space for storage, look for cabinets and open shelving. Or if you want more seating to provide a spot for your kids to do homework or guests to mingle, look for an island that has an area for stools. While islands are versatile, it’s best to know its primary function.

Material. The great thing about a kitchen island is that it’s often more interesting when it complements your cabinets instead of matches. This makes choosing the material an easier task. Consider how you wish your island to function. If you’re a baker, you might look for one with a marble top. Food prep is easy on an island with a stainless steel or butcher block top. The base of the island will set the tone for its style, and you will want to choose one that blends well with your décor. You can add something rustic for a farmhouse feel. A sleek island is perfect for a modern home. Or use an elegant island in a traditional style kitchen.