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.
Your design for the new island in your kitchen should also include having the right lighting. Ambient lighting, although it may add drama to your kitchen, is not enough for eating, chopping or stirring. Recessed lightings work well not unless you have very high ceilings. Higher ceilings are challenging to light your island kitchen counter, thus, pendant lights are in this case because they provide direct beams of light to your island.
Kitchen islands on wheels are usually topped with either a wooden slab or a metal top for your work surface. They provide extra counter space when you need it and can be wheeled up to any existing counter, sink, or stove if that is what you need. However, when they are not in use, you can stow them away in a corner or along a wall where they might not be very convenient to use, but will be out of the way. One way to free up even more counter space and increase your available work area is to store things underneath your portable island.
Kitchen Islands can have some additional design options like breakfast bars and installed appliances which can achieve the 'triangle' design of sink-stove-refrigerator that is considered one of the top kitchen design ideas. Kitchen Islands are also available in many styles and designs such as: Contemporary, Traditional, American Folk and French Country.
Additional kitchen island ideas are to consider using shelf space on the sides of your kitchen island for cookbooks, collectibles or storage. A built-in TV works here, especially if it faces the family room. Or a microwave may work well for heating up after-school snacks and cooking foods quickly.
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