Published at Wednesday, January 30th 2019. by Halina Poulsen in Kitchen Islands.
Successful islands can take many approaches in vintage homes: They can be modeled on early worktables and remain on the simple side, or appear as a a more solid piece of woodwork with turned legs or bun feet, as though evolved over time from a piece of furniture. They can integrate numerous bins, drawers, and cabinets, reminiscent of early Hoosier baking cabinets. They can even be comprised of a repurposed antique like a candy-store counter, pharmacy built-in, or dresser.
If you are worried about running into corners, then work a countertop with rounded edges into your kitchen island plans, and if you are looking to save a bit of space, a circular or oval-shaped kitchen island could be the right direction. There are endless kitchen island designs available; to decide on the design you should think about what you are going to use your island for the most. Since they take up extra floor space, make sure it’s practical for you and works with your kitchen.
The ideal Kitchen island table should be made using granite, natural stone or marble. These are the most common types of materials used for making kitchen island tables. The cabinets are made up of wood or stainless steel. Apart from this, there are different designs and plans used for making an island kitchen. You can sue the table as a lunch/breakfast table or as a bar side.
Most kitchen islands we see are square, but that doesn’t mean that a square island is the best shape for your kitchen. Be open to considering a rectangular island, as that might just work better with the space you have available and the size and shape of your kitchen. Be open to other kitchen island ideas; you should also consider circular, oval or bean-shaped kitchen islands, so don’t hesitate when it comes to thinking outside the box for your kitchen island.
If you are short on space, choose spindle legs for one end of your island – you can easily move your seating out of the way and the island won’t feel imposing. Don’t make the mistake of choosing an island with drawers in front of where the seating will go – you’ll end up forgetting the drawers are there and you won’t make good use of them and asking people to move so you can get something out would be a nightmare. If you need additional storage as well, have it on the opposite side of your seating or on the end.
You can even add suspended storage above the island, in the form of a hanging rack, so you don’t waste any of that ceiling space – this is the perfect place to hang your pots and pans and free up even more cupboard and drawer space in your kitchen. Which is great if you have a smaller kitchen and are struggling to fit in an island without moving or losing kitchen cabinets.
In the 18th century, kitchens often had a simple dry sink, a rectangular cabinet used to wash dishes before indoor plumbing, and a central worktable. Worktables began as fairly plain objects standing on open legs, and were used to knead dough, prepare foods, and store cooking accessories. Because kitchens were not family spaces at the time, worktables really weren’t used for sit-down meals.
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