The kitchen island has become a fixture in the kitchen and you can find one in almost any kitchen. Even people who have kitchen spaces too small for a permanent island find portable kitchen islands. The kitchen island is a way to increase storage space and counter space. They also help with your efficiency in the kitchen. Sometimes you only have to turn around to get from the sink to the stove top or from the stove top to the refrigerator. Kitchen islands are a great addition to any kitchen.
Allow adequate countertop space on both sides (left and right) of the kitchen island if a sink or cooktop will be used. Include at least 15 inches of countertop space on each side, and if your kitchen is large enough, allow even more space. You can never have too much countertop space in a kitchen. Also, rounded countertop corners help protect everyone from bad bruises. This is true about all kitchen countertop corners.
Besides meal preparation, the kitchen can become a gathering area for family and friends if there is enough space. Since so much happens in the kitchen on a regular basis, getting the layout right is important. The kitchen island can serve as an additional eating area, and food preparation can easily be done there. In a large kitchen, the kitchen island can shorten the distances within the working triangle (sink, refrigerator and range or cooktop) and make it more efficient.
Add a Sink or Two: Adding kitchen appliances such as a sink to your new kitchen island will give it even more functionality and also serve as a gathering point when entertaining. A sink boosts the usability of any kitchen island by giving you another place to rinse off food and wash dishes. A sink can also be great when entertaining, so your guests can take part in the preparation of the meal without cluttering up your existing counter space around the oven and refrigerator.
If you live in an apartment or any rented home then it is not easy for you to make changes to the kitchen. Apartments especially, have very little space to work with and one thing that is often missing from the kitchen in an apartment is a kitchen island. Islands are very useful because they offer an extra workspace if you need more counter space and they have extra storage underneath in case you cannot fit everything in your normal kitchen cabinets. They also offer a place to pull up stools and create a small breakfast bar. Kitchen islands with stools area great way to have a mini breakfast bar for one or two people to sit and eat in your home. However, you often do not have room in an apartment to install a permanent fixture let alone the permission to do it. A nice alternative is the portable one on wheels.
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