Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

Kitchen islands have evolved from a countertop workspace and storage to another truly functioning element of the kitchen that homeowners can utilize. “By having a kitchen island where there’s some sort of fixture, like a secondary prep sink, or appliance increases the likelihood of the island countertop being used on a more regular basis,” says Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. “It’s a huge benefit for the cook(s) of the family because it creates a better flow in the kitchen and prevents the cook from being stuck in a corner of the kitchen.”

“You can also increase your island’s functionality by incorporating seating, which brings more people into the kitchen besides the one cooking,” commented Leslie.  “Adding seating creates a space for children to do homework while dinner is being prepared, for guests to socialize – it can even act as a buffet table during holidays. All of these things help homeowners get more use out of an element that takes up quite a bit of space in the kitchen.”

Navy Center Island with seating for 4“I’d say the top three things to include in the island, depending on the cook, would be a secondary prep sink, microwave and a second oven,” suggests Leslie. “Incorporating appliances in the kitchen island is a great way to make the kitchen look less appliance heavy.”

Why not incorporate an island in your kitchen remodel. If you are looking to remodel your bathroom, kitchen or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, you can set up a time with Leslie to talk about the possibilities. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.


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