Yesterday's post about kitchen counter bars seemed a perfect jumping off point for these tips on how to create a functional and attractive center island. Some are obvious -- use a heat-resistant material if your island includes a cooktop -- but downvents and raised bars are smart considerations before jumping into such a project. See the entire list of tips below the jump!
1. Be realistic about how large a center island you should squeeze into a room the size of your kitchen.
2. Don't let the shape of your kitchen dictate the shape of your center island.
3. Fess up to being a small appliance lover before the cabinetmaker builds your center island.
4. Aim not to end up with 'ducks-in-a-row' seating at your breakfast bar.
5. Know your food prep and cooking habits.
6. Factor in ergonomics as you settle on the depth and height of a breakfast bar.
7. Look to the period of your home for design details to accent a center island.
8. If your island will include a cooktop, select a heat-resistant material for the countertop.
9. Guests enjoy watching a cook work, but they don't necessarily want to look at a mess while eating.
10. If your household includes kids, think about how an island could serve their needs, too.
11. A kitchen island can help define a floorplan.
12. A movable island can improve how a kitchen functions.
13. Downvent an island cooktop to preserve a world-class view.
14. Customize your island to fit your needs.
15. Use an island to add an element of fun and individuality into your kitchen.
For a more detailed explanation about why these tips work, visit Oregon Home.
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