For many, a kitchen island seems unnecessary. For others, it's a must-have. In my opinion, the only people who wouldn't want a kitchen island are those who have never experienced the convenience of having one. Whether you're building a new home, renovating your kitchen, or looking for a way to add functionality, here are seven benefits of having an island in your kitchen.
1. More Workspace
If you're like most people, the kitchen is a central hub for family activity. The kids arrive home from school and head straight to the refrigerator for a snack. They set up their tablets and laptops and start playing games. You're trying to fix dinner. It can be madness trying to find space for all the separate activities. A kitchen island gives you more space to spread out, whether cooking or working on a science fair project.
2. More Seating
Another benefit of kitchen islands is additional seating. An island with a bar adds convenience you never realized was available. The kids can eat a quick breakfast, do their homework, or paint the next Starry Night. If additional seating is needed when hosting a party, the island bar has you covered!
3. Extra Storage
Depending on what type you want, an island can offer a lot of extra storage space. You can store Tupperware or small appliances like toasters, blenders, and waffle makers. It's also a great place to store the random things you need every day. Some call it a junk drawer, where you put tape, scissors, batteries, matches, and other odds and ends. Nevertheless, an island can be everything to all - a table, a storage space, or a desk!
A kitchen island doesn't have to be in one permanent spot. Like the picture below, an island with wheels can become a flexible workspace that can adjust to your needs. You can buy an island to suit your needs at a fairly low price!
5. Additional Kitchen Amenities
Sometimes, an island can be a harbor for more kitchen amenities. Maybe you're thinking about adding an additional induction cooktop or convection oven. A kitchen island is a perfect place to install new appliances.
6. More Electrical Outlets
An island can be a great way to add more electrical outlets in your kitchen without plugging up the walls. Considering you'll probably use the island as a cooking area, it's great to install the outlets near the top, so you can plug in whatever small appliance you might need. An island with plug-ins makes life so much easier. I always think back to times when I've needed to use my hand mixer while making cookies, and how I wish I had an island with electrical outlets because my counter is already full.
7. A Butcher Block
Another benefit of certain islands is the butcher block table. My grandma has one in her home and I envy her at least once a day while cooking. A butcher block gives you a ready-to-use cutting board at all times! It can work as a table, usually has drawers, and is full of charm. They're portable too!
What do you think? Could you live without your kitchen island? Is it worth investing in? Let me know in the comments below!