Read these tips before installing a kitchen island

Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Arch City Granite

In many modern kitchen designs, an island serves not only as the focal point of the room’s design and a natural place to congregate, but it is also an indispensable part of the kitchen’s work-flow, with extra storage, additional counter space and options such as a built-in sink, cooktop or bar-style seating. Before installing a kitchen island, there are several things you should consider to make sure your kitchen island is a perfect fit for your home.

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Size and Location

Most modern kitchen designs feature islands that are at least 5 feet wide by 3 feet deep, in order to provide plenty of additional storage and counter space. To avoid impeding access to other areas of the kitchen, there should be at least 42 to 48 inches of space on each side of the island, and the island should be located as close as possible to the sink, stove and refrigerator to provide an efficient work-flow. Kitchen islands tend to work best in L-Shaped or single-wall kitchens, though they can be added to U-shaped kitchens if there is ample room, at least 10 feet, between the opposing sides of the layout.

Function

A basic island can add plenty of extra workspace and storage, but by adding a cooktop or a sink to the island, you can free up space in other areas of your kitchen, while allowing you to more easily converse with guests as you work. If you have limited seating in your kitchen, an island with an extended countertop and counter-height stools can provide a perfect place for an informal meal or for entertaining guests.

Design

In order to fit in with the rest of your kitchen, you should make sure that you choose an island that complements the colors and style of your existing cabinetry, including small details such as cabinet hardware and trim. To complete the look of your kitchen island, choose a quality countertop, such as granite or marble. These materials look great and can add significant value to your home, while providing a work surface that is both durable and easy to maintain.

If you are looking for the perfect countertop for your kitchen island, contact our staff at Arch City Granite & Marble, Inc. We offer custom fabrication and installation of granite, marble, quartz and soapstone countertops that can complement most modern kitchen designs, and we serve the entire St. Louis area with our locations in St. Louis and O’Fallon.

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