June 27, 2019

Tips for Choosing the Right Kitchen Island

During a custom kitchen remodel, homeowners can consider installing a kitchen island as part of the room’s new look. Islands can complement other design elements, and they also offer additional space for cooking, washing, or dining. Here are a few tips for choosing the right kitchen island.

The Island’s Design Must Fit the Space

Not all kitchens have enough space to accommodate large or unusually-shaped islands. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that an island has at least three or four feet of space on all sides to allow room for foot traffic. If the island will also include space for people to sit and eat, there will need to be additional room on that side for the countertop’s overhang and chairs.

Consider How the Island Will Be Used

Homeowners often focus on visual design elements during a custom kitchen remodel, but it’s also important to consider how each item and space in the new kitchen will be used every day. Some islands are small and simple and are mainly for dining and socializing, while others are outfitted with sinks, cooking elements, and other features intended for food preparation. An island’s functional needs will ultimately determine its overall look and space requirements.

Choose an Island Design That Suits the Room

There are many ways to customize the look of a kitchen island so that it suits the room’s other design elements. Should it be rectangular, square, L-shaped, or U-shaped? Will it have the same countertops and cabinets as the rest of the kitchen, or will it have its own unique style? A kitchen remodeling expert will be able to help when it comes to choosing an island design that suits the new room.

If you need the assistance of a remodeling expert, the designers at Kirkplan Kitchens in Sarasota have the knowledge and experience to make your dream kitchen or bathroom a reality. View our gallery of past projects to gain an idea of how your home can benefit from our services.