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Creating a focal point with a kitchen island

A kitchen island is a great way to add an extra work surface, create storage solutions and introduce an entertaining social area for wining and dining your dinner guests. 

You can be very flexible when choosing your kitchen island because of the wide range of options available. Personalise your kitchen island to suit your needs, tailoring the design for the space its intended for. 

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The benefits of having a kitchen island include: 

• Extra storage 

• Increased organisation

• A casual eating area 

• Additional worktop space

• A spacious cooking area 

• A social area

As you can see from the list above, a well-designed kitchen island is worth the investment. So, if you think you could transform your kitchen space with an island here are a few things to think about.

What’s the purpose of your kitchen island?  

When considering a bespoke kitchen island, the first thing you should think about is its purpose. The five main functions that an island can bring to a kitchen include: preparation space, cooking space, eating/drinking space, extra storage space or even a place to do the dishes. 

Before you design your new kitchen space, you must decide on what roles you would like your kitchen island to fulfil. The purpose of your kitchen island will then determine the width and depth of your furniture. 

Think about your kitchen shape and layout 

A kitchen island can be the focal point of the room and so you should consider your room layout and where the island can go so you can make the most of the area. 

The workflow in your kitchen consists of the three most important work areas; the sink, oven/hobs and the fridge. When cooking, you constantly move between these three points, which is why it is important you don’t disrupt the flow. 

Consider getting the experts in to measure your kitchen space thoroughly before deciding on a kitchen island so that it will fit comfortably in the space its intended for. 

Not all kitchens can accommodate an island. If your kitchen is less than 13 feet wide, an island is not recommended. 

For a smaller kitchen, choose a design with rounded edges so there are no nasty corners to bang in to. 

An L-shaped kitchen island gives you enough room for two people to cook, whereas a u-shaped island can be a chef’s dream with lots of cabinets for all your favourite accoutrements. Not forgetting galley kitchen islands, they can be a good fit for any type of kitchen layout. 


Select the right materials to suit your lifestyle  

Get creative and customisable when selecting materials for your island. Worktops come in a wide range of styles and benefits. You don’t have to match your island to your kitchen worktops either. Why not try a different material to create a blend of different textures?

Wooden worktops can be used as a design feature, great to make your kitchen island into a breakfast bar. Laminate is a hard wearing all round choice and Quartz has a non-porous surface that’s resistant to bacteria. For keen bakers, granite is super practical and Staron and Corian have seamless joins that are both hygienic and durable. 

You can check out our range of kitchen worktops in more detail here. 


Consider some convenient additions 

There are many different additions you can add to your kitchen island to make it as practical as possible. For example; if it’s for additional cooking space then think about sleek ceramic hobs or the latest induction hobs. Choose a Belfast sink for a farmhouse style or a shiny aluminium sink for a modern look. Take time to consider your lifestyle needs. So you can choose items that not only look great, but work well too. 

If you enjoy entertaining, think about additions that can make your kitchen guest-ready. A built-in wine chiller not only looks the part, it’s very practical too. What’s not to love about having a chilled glass of wine to hand while you get your culinary creativity flowing?  

There are also some great kitchen storage features you can have designed with a kitchen island. Wicker baskets are very convenient for storing fruit and veg and provide a rustic edge to a contemporary kitchen design. Pull out cupboard shelving is also a clever little addition that makes the most out of your space while giving you easy access to the items you need.


Don’t forget, you can have handy plug sockets built into your island for your appliances. Also, it’s good to think about how you will light up the area. Kitchen island lighting can really create a focal point of your kitchen and pendant lights can create a stunning and dramatic feature over a statement island.

If you’re looking to add a kitchen island to your design, then check out our kitchen range here. Alternatively, you can arrange a free design visit to get our expert advice on the best kitchen style for your home. 

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