The list of things that need to be in the kitchen sometimes seems endless. It’s why kitchen furniture has evolved to be so cleverly practical and functional. The only issue remaining is space. The kitchen island is sometimes perceived as a caprice and not as a must-have when in fact it can actually save space instead of wasting it.
First of all, the kitchen island can offer a ton of storage. It can feature a bunch of shelves, drawers and compartments where you can store your kitchen utensils, dishes, pots and pans and so on. Open shelves are amongst the most space-saving options.
A kitchen island also lets you save space if it doubles as a bar or table. And to make it even more practical, you can design it with a small extension so you don’t give up valuable storage space.
If you want to use your kitchen island as a bar, then you’ll have to get a bunch of bar stools. Those take up floor space. Solve the issue by storing them underneath the island. You can also do this with regular chairs.
Outfit your kitchen island with a sink and this way you won’t have to sacrifice counter space elsewhere. The island can be your prep space and you’ll have everything you need right there.
And in case you need extra counter space, your kitchen island can feature a pull-out extension. It would occupy zero floor space when not needed and you can just pull it out when you run out of counter space or when several persons are using the kitchen at the same time.
Put castors on your kitchen island so you can easily move it around. This way it won’t incommode you when you’re busy cooking plus you can also use it as a mobile bar or serving cart. Bring it into the dining room or take it outside on the porch.
Of course, there’s also the option to save space with a kitchen island that’s really small and compact. Take into consideration the dimensions of the kitchen and the available space as well as your lifestyle before deciding on a design.