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Help Design Our New Kitchen Island! February 7, 2013

We’ve got a fully functioning kitchen. It was almost everything we could want: plenty of storage, big fridge, soon-to-be dream range, dishwasher, big eat in space. What it doesn’t have is a permanent island, and since we want a prep sink, we’re going to get one. What I’m having trouble with is, what do you put in a center island in a kitchen that has almost everything?

I got thinking about this while reading The Kitchn’s 10 Easy, Low-Budget Ways to Improve Any Kitchen, because I like idea #6 for pull out shelves. We don’t really have a pantry, so those look like good alternative food storage sites. But I want to hear your ideas. What do you love most about your kitchen (or your friend’s, or the display model at the design center). What do you wish you had?

The potential real estate: around 6.5′ by 3.5′. It must include a prep sink. We want to know: if you were designing your dream kitchen, what “extras” would you add in a new center island?


7 Responses to “Help Design Our New Kitchen Island!”

  1. I do like the idea of pull-out drawers, especially as the two that I have are way too deep, heavy and jumbled. I also like this idea, for bread & root veg storage: http://byyourhands.blogspot.com/2012/11/organize-vegetable-drawers.html

    But if I were to design my perfect kitchen island, it would have the following: one side would have an overhang and a couple of bar stools so people could hang out and sip wine while I prep; my side would have open shelving for my most used mixing bowls, kitchen scale, a tall, slotted spot for cutting boards, knife block, and if there was room, jars of various dry goods (like these: http://localkitchenblog.com/2011/01/21/space-solutions-tower-shelf/). I would want a butcher block surface so that the whole island could be a chopping surface (which, yes, means cuts and stains and such: but I like the weathered look); in an ideal world, one end would be dropped slightly and include a cool marble surface for working with dough, and all of my flours could live beneath that end. The other things to think about are electrical outlets (you can never have too many) and good task lighting (often forgotten about over islands).

  2. Rachel Bogs Says:

    How about a built-in cutting board? A lazy susan on the countertop so you can reach things easily? Also, my parents have a really nice kitchen island (I’m jealous!) and my mom stores all of her serving dishes for entertaining in the cabinets underneath.

  3. Moreover, the kitchen island’s counter top
    can function as a surface for serving meals. In comparison, the downside
    to switching is so minor as to be negligible.
    A large, fully loaded kitchen island can weigh hundreds of pounds.

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