ccjk. Kitchen Islands. June 06th , 2018.
The normal counter top height of the lower cabinets, including the island is 36". One approach is to install a raised bar area along the living area length of the island. The standard bar height is 42" , making it 6" above the level of the island counter top. Seating required standard bar stools with a seating height of 30". Minimum bar overhang is 12".
The addition of an elevated bar top to a kitchen island adds more function and an added degree of visual interest. Often the bar surface can be a different material than island work surface. For example, the island could be granite and the bar top hardwood - a stunning combination.
Most people have an interest in the smaller, portable type. They love the versatility of kitchen furniture that has the storage capacity and counter space of a kitchen island, with the portability of a kitchen cart. Kitchen islands provide much needed storage space for utensils in pull out drawers, and other small tools in open drawers. They also have cabinets under the counter for storing things like pots and pans. Towel racks are a common feature, and some even include a spice rack.
Ok, let`s say an island is going to work well for your design. Now let`s move on to making it the envy of the neighborhood! Here are some suggestions for adding increased utility and original personality. Think about the seating. Do you need seating? If so, how many seats. Rule of thumb is 24 inches per diner but if you have smaller bar stools or smaller diners i.e. children...then you can fudge this a little. Don`t crowd it. One level or two? One level is best for entertaining and maximizing the work space. The space can double as a serving area when not used as seating. Hint: if one level works for you and you have a sink in the island, install an air switch for the disposal. This is a small flat button that is installed in the countertop and is far better than cutting into your side panels with a switch, or worse, having to open the cabinet door to turn it on. Try very had to have one slab of stone, granite or other solid countertop material if one level island. Seams are a no-no. I repeat, no seams. If you want two levels, then that is fine, if it works. Hint: Don`t buy into the conventional idea that the 6 inches of raised bar "hides" anything. It does not. No one is fooled into thinking the kitchen...is not really a kitchen. Make the island different than the rest of the kitchen. Try different cabinetry materials or different countertops, but not both. Or, think about two islands in one with two different, yet complementary materials such as the wood and copper in above picture.
There are many sizes and designs of kitchen islands and a homeowner should be sure to measure and examine the current space, color and size before choosing the correct one. It doesn`t necessarily have to match the current counter top and cabinet colors or textures. The latest trend in these islands is to install an island of a different material and color than the rest of the kitchen. This allows your island to stand out as a center piece and become the focal point of the room.
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