Why choose a Kitchen Island? If you have the space for a kitchen island we, at Glenlith interiors, would highly recommend it. Here are just five reasons why you should consider a bespoke kitchen island!
1.) A kitchen island is perfect for kids
The Kitchen Island is an excellent place for kids to feel part of the action and be involved in the proceedings, whether it is homework time or they are helping out to make breakfast, lunch or dinner. Place amenities like a microwave or refrigerated drawer at 'kid’s height' to keep them involved and learning. Get the most out of your Sunday Morning long lie by keeping the cereal boxes in an accessible area in your island cupboards.
2.) Extra seating is always welcome
Your kitchen island, as mentioned in point 1, can act as a relaxed dining area for the whole family but it can also serve as additional seating when entertaining friends and extended family. Often it becomes THE area for entertaining. Having your family or guests nearby when preparing food or cooking is always nice. Even if your kitchen is small, an island is always an option. Whether your space can seat 2 or 6, it’s definitely a plus to be able to seat more people.
3.) Extra storage
Your kitchen may be lacking cupboard space, a kitchen island can solve this problem. With additional drawers, pull out shelves and cabinets the island is an extension to your existing cabinets. Under a kitchen island makes a great accessible space because it doesn’t interfere with the main preparation area of the kitchen. Ever thought you didn’t have enough room for recycling bins? Think again.
4.) Additional kitchen amenities
Larger kitchen islands have the capacity to add preparation sinks, refrigerator drawers, and additional cooking areas. It is a great way to make your kitchen more functional and useful. Since larger kitchen islands have the ability to have plumbing and electrics ran to them, your 'design' options are endless. You could even add a range hood over your electric or gas hob and make your island the main hub of cooking and entertaining.
5.) Extensive material options
Whether you are using your island to be the conversation or if you just want it to make your kitchen more functional ... (we would suggest it do both to be fair!) there is a worksurface out there for you. The most popular materials for your kitchen worktops are still laminate, granite, glass, wood, composite stone and stainless steel. All of these have diverse advantages, so it’s important to look at all the circumstances involved.
Many of the made-to-measure worktops – marble, concrete, Corian can be costly and can prove unrealistic if you’re on a budget - they do look fantastic though. An option is to consider a quality look-alike instead. Pre-cut laminate worktops can, on many occasions, provide a lovely surface alongside reasonable durability. Solid wood can also be a genuine option as it is quite easy to maintain.
As you can see from some of our pictures a Kitchen Island - made to measure from Glenlith Interiors - should really be on your list of things to get done in your home.