Wishing for a (Kitchen) Island?

Kitchen Islands from A World of Oak A Touch of Pine Banbury and BicesterNot the palm tree and white sand variety, of course. Today, we’ll be talking all about the long fashionable kitchen island.

A firm favourite for many, this cunning kitchen addition can work wonders by transforming the hub of the home into a social place of gathering; not to mention doubling the size of your preparation area and providing extra storage for your kitchen utensils.

If you’re considering buying a kitchen island, make this guide your go-to handbook…

What should I consider when purchasing a kitchen island?

Space – how big is your kitchen? A long rectangular island would work better in a kitchen that’s a little on the narrower side, whilst a bigger kitchen could easily accommodate an oval unit. Just remember – give yourself enough space to walk around the island and to be able to retrieve your pots and pans with ease!

Vancouver Oak Kitchen Island | A Touch of Pine A World of Oak Banbury and Bicester
Use – are you looking for a breakfast bar, cocktail bar, bake-off station, master chef quarters, a sit-and-chinwag-with-a-cup-of-tea-and-your-best-friend area or all of the above? Don’t be tempted to go as big as you can; bigger isn’t always better, especially if it becomes a mighty squeeze for more than two people to stand around your island at dinner parties. Kitchen islands should naturally draw people around them and become the ‘heart of the kitchen’, rather than becoming a logistical nightmare as people squeeze past.

Storage – if you’re looking to extend your kitchen without getting the builders in, a unit with cupboards, drawers, shelving, towel rails and a bottle rack would not only give you added storage but also provide much needed extra countertop space. Smaller islands boast storage too, usually in the form of a couple of shelves and a drawer or two.

Cleaning and maintenance – it’s a good idea to keep your kitchen island in tip-top condition. This will prolong its life whilst ensuring it stays looking beautiful and scratch-free. Depending on the finish, i.e. natural, waxed, painted, granite or solid wood top, you’ll require a specific maintenance plan; you can ask all about this when purchasing your unit.

What look should I go for?

Oak Kitchen Island with Granite Top | A Touch of Pine A World of Oak Banbury and BicesterShape – oval, rectangular, square, large, small, granite top, tiled top or solid wood; this will be determined by the size of your space and the intended use.

A long rectangular kitchen island will lend itself very well to social gatherings – picture this: your dinner party is just getting started and people are mingling, drinking their vino and chatting around the kitchen island as you work your magic at the stove – no more lonely cooking! A petite unit, on the other hand, would be perfect for a smaller kitchen, whilst still providing a little extra storage and an extra worktop – not to mention space to chat over fresh coffee with a friend.
Materials – will you opt for a granite or solid wood top? This depends on whether you’re looking for something low maintenance and easy to clean, something scratch-proof or something that will compliment your current decor and kitchen units.

Kitchen island checklist

  • Measure the allocated space for your kitchen island.
  • What is the primary use of the island?
  • How much storage do you need?
  • Square, rectangular or oval?
  • Granite or solid wood top?
  • Find out about care and maintenance to help keep your kitchen island in tip top condition.

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