We have got so many kitchen appliances and kitchenware that they sometimes take up counter space, which is usually reserved as a work space for preparing meals. If you find yourself always having to clear away things from your kitchen counter top, it's time to get a furniture piece that will give you greater freedom and space when preparing meals.
Kitchen islands provide much-needed counter top space in which to prepare meals on. They also create storage space for kitchenware, dinnerware, and even bottles of wine. If you have decided that it's time you shop for a kitchen island, read on to know what styles are available so you'll be able to buy the most ideal piece for your space.
Built-in Kitchen Island: - If you have a large kitchen, a built-in kitchen island may be more the style for you. This is also a good choice if you own the house and are looking into long-term furniture investments. You will need to have this style of kitchen island installed. The great thing about this type of kitchen island is that you have more freedom to customize the piece. You can have your choice of finish, kind, and size of storage space, and even the type of counter top including stone, wood, tile, or steel. Since it is built-in, it is more stable and won't wobble even when you’re chopping things on the counter top.
The built-in kitchen island will be permanent so make sure you have it made the way you want it. If you want storage space for wine, you can have a wine rack built in. You also have your choice of storage space, whether you'll have drawers, shelves, or a combination of the two. You can even put hooks on the sides of the built-in kitchen islands to hang pot holders and other accessories on. There are many design possibilities so do a bit of research before you customize your kitchen island.
Mobile Kitchen Island: - If you have a small kitchen or are renting an apartment and can't have a built-in kitchen island installed, a mobile kitchen island is the way to go. A mobile kitchen island or kitchen cart can be wheeled into a corner when not being used. It can be placed anywhere there's space in your kitchen. You can prepare meals on its countertop and keep kitchenware in storage space underneath the counter top for easier retrieval. This way, you won't have to reach elsewhere for things on overhead cabinets and other kitchen storage furniture.
Mobile kitchen islands are available in traditional and online stores. You can have a product tailor-made to your preference as some manufacturers offer the option to customize mobile kitchen islands. However, this option may not be available for all products. .
Butcher Block Kitchen Islands: - Butcher block kitchen islands can be mobile or stationary. Their best feature is counter top, made of a special type of hardwood that is glued together to form a strong, hard surface which is very durable and easy to clean.
Butcher block kitchen islands also have storage space. You can choose from shelves, drawers, or even a combination of shelf and drawer space.