Published at Wednesday, 30 January 2019. Kitchen Islands. By Halina Poulsen.
Oversized islands may be everywhere these days, but they didn’t exist in early kitchens. Still, the concept of a separate workspace started showing up as early as the 18th century, which means it is possible to design an island for today's needs while hewing to historical examples.
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.
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.
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