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Kitchen Islands: The Right Choice for You?

By Jared Winston

Many peoples' lives are far more affected by the layout of their kitchen than they might expect. Even with the dramatic rise in instant foods that people consume these days, the kitchen is still an essential part of each home. For this reason, thought has to be put into the layout and design of a person's kitchen. A well-designed kitchen can be the difference between countless frustrations while preparing meals and a smooth, easy process. Take, for instance, kitchen islands. A well-placed kitchen island can allow a person the space and resources they need to perform all of the tasks that their meal requires. A poorly placed kitchen islands, however, can create bottlenecks in the kitchen and all around become a nuisance.

So, how do you decide if kitchen islands are the right way to go in your home? The first thing to look at when considering this is the advantages you gain by having an island. First and foremost, an island provides a significant amount of counter space to work with which you would not otherwise have. This can be remarkably helpful in the preparation of food, particularly when you are working on large meals. This space can also make an excellent serving spot for a buffet-style meal, as well as a nice, casual spot to eat.

An island can also be equipped with a great deal of extra storage in cabinets underneath, which will free up even more space and make your life easier to organize. Some islands can have ranges built into them, which means you can have a larger counter space free while you use the island for whatever part of the meal you are cooking on the range at the time. Similarly, other appliances can be built into an island, such as a dishwasher or a sink.

With these things in mind, you should consider your needs in your kitchen. This will allow you to determine if these advantages are important in your life, or if you can get along well enough without them. For instance, having extra counter space is not going to do your much good if you do not make full use of the counter space you already have.

Another large thing to consider with kitchen islands is the issue of physical space. In a large kitchen, an island can be one of the single most useful features of your kitchen. However, you must be realistic in your evaluation of the space you have to work with. Installing kitchen islands in kitchens which are simply too small for them will result in constant crowding. A kitchen island will not do you much good if you are tripping over yourself just to get around in the kitchen, not to mention the problems that could be caused if more than one person were to try to work in the kitchen at a time. In short, the key to deciding whether or not to install a kitchen island is evaluating benefits versus disadvantages. If you have the space and the need, then go for it. If not, then you may want to stay away.

Copyright Jared Winston, 2006. All Rights Reserved.

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Interior Design can be a tricky subject for some, but it doesn't have to be! Restful Home is a resource that discusses everything from living room design ideas to more practical topics such as kitchen cabinet organizers.

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