Kitchen Islands Are People Magnets
The kitchen is where families convene to share real, as well as spiritual, sustenance; and where friends often gather to share a pot of coffee, along with the news of the day. But at today’s hectic pace, sometimes we only encounter loved ones as we scurry by one another like ships passing in the night. Just as ships sometimes seek safe harbor, we too occasionally need a calm port in the storm: a peaceful island in the midst of turbulence. That’s where kitchen islands come in; especially strong and sturdy free-standing islands with seating. Like magnets, they pull families together.
A Kitchen Island Is a Practical, as Well as Popular, Investment
If you’re designing from scratch or planning a remodel, keep in mind that designers and home builders agree that island kitchens can be a smart, practical investment. Modern kitchen islands offer high utility. They can expand available counter space, and if equipped with cabinets or shelves, storage space as well. Add a few bar stools to an island with a breakfast bar and voila, you’ve created a nice, casual dining spot.
A butcher block kitchen island can bring even more benefits; most importantly, a strong, smooth surface and ample space for meal preparation and chopping. Second, the natural beauty of wood adds warmth to any kitchen, especially compared to stone surfaces. Third, your island will have the look and feel of a great piece of furniture. And unlike other surfaces, butcher block can be renewed and repaired.
Factors to Consider in Choosing a Kitchen Island
Take your time; there are many aspects to weigh in choosing a kitchen island. Permanent or free-standing? How much storage and countertop space would you ideally like to add? But remember to allow ample room for foot traffic into, out of and around the kitchen, even when someone is working in it. If you entertain often, be sure to allow enough room for folks to gather around. If you’re a little pressed for space, consider adding a drop leaf, or consider a kitchen island cart. If you have your sights set on a butcher block island top, give thought to which type of wood, grain and thickness will best suit your needs, personal tastes and kitchen décor.
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