Many homeowners have a kitchen island in their cooking area; they are not just additional countertop space, but they also are useful for storage and for decorative purposes. Since the majority of islands are prominently displayed in the middle of a kitchen area, it’s design is important.
There are a number of design options that homeowners can choose from. Kitchen islands can be purchased from a home supply store, a home improvement store, a department store, or even over the internet. The price of a kitchen island will all depend on it’s features, design and where the item was purchased from. For discounted or low priced kitchen islands homeowners are encouraged to shop the clearance section of their local home improvement stores or shop online.
When selecting a design there are number of factors that an individual considers. Before even purchasing a kitchen island, homeowners must know how much available space they have in their kitchen area. Use your measurements to select a island design that will fit into your kitchen, while leaving enough room for home occupants and guests to move around.
For homeowners with a limited amount of kitchen space, don’t worry. Some kitchen islands are foldable which make it easier for them to be folded up and stored when not in use. There are other new design options available for those with limited kitchen space.
Another popular design that is space saving is commonly known as a kitchen island seating overhang. Since most islands are also used as counters, many come with stools. These stools may take up a large amount of space in a small kitchen.
Islands with a seating overhang allow the stools to hang below the countertop of the kitchen island. Overhangs limit the amount of storage space; however, many homeowners find them helpful when trying to save space.
Finally when selecting a design many homeowners look for a style that will match the rest of their kitchen. Many homeowners opt for choosing a kitchen island with a color that matches their counters or kitchen curtains. It is also possible to purchase a design that is made from a particular type of material. Oak, maple, granite, and plastic kitchen island designs are all available for purchase. The final decision as to which kitchen island design to purchase depends on the homeowner and their personal preferences.
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