The kitchen island as a gathering place
Many modern layouts are no longer based on a closed kitchen, but rather an open-plan concept. In this case, a kitchen island can serve as a visual demarcation of the kitchen and living areas. This can be deployed in addition to the kitchen shape to fit your space, depending on the available space and your taste and needs. Do you see cooking as a collaborative effort? Then a kitchen island is just what you need. The beauty of an open-plan concept with an island unit is that the chefs and kitchen assistant are still actively involved in family life. The kitchen island becomes a social hub – a place for everyone to gather. You can chop ingredients, cook and have a laugh together, all within view of the rest of the family, who may be sitting at the table already or making themselves comfortable on the sofa.
A kitchen island also offers additional storage space
Do you need extra storage space for your provisions? Or maybe your like to use all sorts of kitchen appliances, like blenders, deep fat fryers, waffle irons and bread makers, but don’t want them cluttering up your worktop? In that case, a kitchen island makes the ideal storage space for the kind of appliances that you don’t use every day. But don't forget to plan in the right number of sockets on your island unit. This means that you won’t have to carry appliances across the kitchen, but can simply lift them out of the cabinet and onto the kitchen island. Perhaps you’d like a wine rack on one side of the kitchen island? Not only does this make an eye-catching feature, but it’s also practical if you want to use the new central focus of your kitchen as a bar counter, too.