Well-designed islands can be transformed into an integral part of kitchens. They are usually placed in the center of the room and provide extra space for cooking as well as eating. They can also become the focal point of the kitchen. Here we will show you some very modern and functional island kitchen designs and ideas.
Kitchen design with island
Measure the available space on the floor and make a sketch on paper. Play with different sizes of islands in the center of the space, or make an L or U with the counter. You need to make sure you have enough room to comfortably move around them.
It is also important that the island does not block the entrance or exit of the kitchen, so this is another important point to consider.
If you have enough space, the island can be located in the center of the kitchen, that is, in parallel with the counter.
You can make a U with the existing countertop, creating a great place to meet and entertain. The design provides a lot of surface to prepare food, eat or do other tasks. It is ideal for large families, or for people who enjoy culinary art a lot.
It can also be placed in an L shape with the counter. This design is more appropriate for smaller kitchens.
Islands with wheels
The islands do not have to be fixed to the ground, they can have wheels on their legs. This is an ingenious idea that provides a lot of flexibility and helps to maximize space.
The island can be moved and used to prepare food or as a place to eat. Or, like the portable island shown here, it can be placed under the counter when not in use.
A steel leg table with casters that can be locked is a great option for industrial-style kitchens.
You can also incorporate a breakfast bar on the island. This idea works very well in apartments with little space. You don’t need a dining room if you can eat in the kitchen.
This creative idea of a removable seat provides a neat kitchen island and a seat when needed. And of course it also saves a lot of space.
The kitchen island is perfect to use as a storage and organizer. For those who want a place for everything and hate rummaging through messy, stuffy drawers, using the ample space under the island as a cutlery organizer can be a great idea.
It can also be used to neatly store wines and other beverages, or delicate and heavy dishes. It is safer to store and retrieve heavy items from lower shelves or drawers than from a top cabinet.
Small appliances can also be stored under the counter. This swinging dumpster is well located, hidden and accessible.
It can also be ideal for storing pet food bowls.
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, not only cooking or eating, but also other things like talking, studying, working, or planning a meal. Therefore, some book shelves can be very useful.
You can store spices neatly near the cooking area and or the dining room. The kitchen island is perfect for a removable spice organizer, a very comfortable and easily accessible place.
More storage, more work surface and an additional place to sit and have a coffee are just some of the benefits that they can offer us.
The key to choosing a perfect island for your kitchen is to understand what your needs are and then find a piece that satisfies several at once. If you want a square island, it is recommended that you have no less than 1 meter per side. If you want an elongated island, it will reach you with one 60 centimeters wide and 1.5 meters long to have enough work surface.
This island, for example, adds an important surface for preparing food and provides a place for an extra person to help you with food.
The general design rule is to leave a gap of about 1 meter between the fixed island and the other surfaces for greater comfort, safety and ease of use. But in the case of movable islands, this is not so important as the space can be adjusted as needed.
Even in the smallest spaces an island with wheels can be accommodated. Although it is not a traditional island, it works the same way, as it adds a very valuable work surface and extra storage space. When not in use, it can be pushed to a window or wall and adorned with a flower vase.
The golden rule for kitchen design is to respect the working triangle, between the sink, the refrigerator and the cooking area, but this does not mean that you cannot add a small stop between the end points. This small island creates a large work surface in the middle of all the action. It’s a great place to store dishes and pots, kitchen utensils, aluminum foil, tea towels, and oven mitts.
Small island kitchens
Adding an island may seem counterintuitive in a small kitchen, because it will take up space, but in many cases, the positives outweigh the negatives.
Do you want an island but your kitchen is too small? One of the solutions is a long, narrow island.
But there are other options for those who have small kitchens. We put together some images to help you make the most of the space.
When the space is very small, a removable work table will provide additional work area only when needed. Just store it under the counter when not in use.
This small kitchen island with wheels is perfect when you want flexibility in your space.
Modern island kitchens
Minimalism is one of the current trends in interior design. It is a very functional, efficient and very beautiful style. This Zen kitchen has almost no frills, but offers plenty of functionality and efficiency.
This piece is an island on one side and a dining table on the other. Boundless design offers flexibility of use.
Among the best ideas is this modern glossy white island style. A simple, modern and striking design.
Another very modern idea is the curved islands. Keep the rest simple for a balance of design and decor.
Give your kitchen a little character with reclaimed wood planks. Let the natural grain of your tables add a warm, rustic touch to the modern room.
The rough and bare wood, with its warm tones, contrasts with the cold white, black and gray of the room.
You can also use pallets. The intermediate space is ideal for additional storage and organization of the kitchen.
This design is unique and very beautiful. The weathered wood patterns match the chic and elegant rug.
Scandinavian rustic style is also booming. The island is equipped with a solid wood countertop and eclectic Boho-style seats.
Modern and simple. This gray and wood kitchen design is a favorite today.
Isn’t there a lot of space in the upstairs closet? No problem, you have the kitchen island. Use some of the space under the counter to install some open shelves.
You should also pay attention to lighting. This kitchen clearly wants to highlight your island through the lights. Its simple construction highlights sophistication and refined style.
The vintage style is also in fashion. A vintage sideboard turned into a kitchen island can be a great idea.
Give your kitchen a dash of Moroccan flair. Moroccan patterned tiles on the island work well with subway tile walls and the simplicity of kitchen design.
This unadorned contemporary kitchen design features basic colors, minimalism and a fascinating dose of rustic style. The simple-shaped black kitchen island is complemented by lighter-colored stools.
You can add many metallic decorations. Wear sparkling shades like gold, chrome, copper and silver as much as you dare.
This unique kitchen island features floating shelves in the front and a dining area at one end.
Kitchen island table
Stainless steel tables can be found in restaurant supply stores, and can be an excellent choice as an island for small kitchens. The work tables can also be equipped with a wooden worktop for a less industrial look.
Wooden tables are ideal for avid chefs who constantly cut and slice. You can find them in different sizes, including compact square versions that can fit in tight spaces.
Make the most of the island by choosing a table with shelves, cabinets or drawers at the base.
If you don’t have room for an island in the center of the kitchen, place it perpendicular to the counter or wall. This will create an extension that can have bar seating and provide extra cooking space.
For narrow kitchens, a long narrow table can work perfectly. Whether you choose a modern Parsons-style table or a more traditional version with a marble top, the piece will add style and an extra surface for meal preparation.
A kitchen island can come in handy when you’re cooking, but it also takes up space the rest of the time. Look for a version with wheels, so you can place it in a corner and keep the kitchen clear when not in use.
If you only have room for a dining table or kitchen island, why not add a piece that can serve as both? A table with folding leaves can be a perfect solution, since the sides can be lowered when not in use.
Just because the island is small doesn’t mean it can’t be the centerpiece. Hang a striking pendant light above it to illuminate the surface and add style.
IKEA kitchen island
The islands do not need to be custom made. At Ikea, there is an incredible variety of options available for all shapes and sizes of kitchens and for all budgets.
If your main concern is having more counter space, you can find a table relatively cheap and ask a carpenter to make a quality counter in any size, shape, or design. You’ll get an affordable custom piece that will add interest to your space.