The kitchen is always the busiest part of the house. This is why structure and functionality become more crucial aspects of consideration when building one or when doing a kitchen remodel. The kitchen island is perhaps one of the best inventions and innovations when it comes to kitchen structure. The kitchen island has always been used as a partially isolated workspace in the kitchen, which reinvents that old-fashioned row-style, L-shaped and U-shaped kitchens. Over the years, homemakers used their kitchen islands as an isolated cooking, washing, or food preparation station. However, due to modern trends and minimalist approach to remodeling small spaces, the kitchen island had many other functions other than being a separate counter. If you wish to give your kitchen island a brand new and actually more functional purpose, here are a few ideas you may consider:
- Turn your kitchen island into a dining table – Working with small spaces requires resourcefulness and the ability to repurpose fixtures and make things more multi-functional. Turning your kitchen island into a dining table will obviously save you a lot of space. You may use comfy stools as dining chairs, which you can simply tuck under the table when not in use, to save space for other kitchen work. Before serving meals, you may use the table as a traditional kitchen counter or preparation table. Afterwards, it instantly turns into dining table validating its multi-functional wonder.
- A small office – Yes, putting an office in the kitchen may be the last thing on your mind. But an office can be practically anywhere in the house – anywhere you will feel most productive in. Moreover, have you thought about how convenient it will be to sign those checks and return emails while waiting for the casserole to finish cooking? Have you considered how practical it will be to have a laptop nearby through which you could easily search recipes while finishing a report on the side? If building that much needed office in the house is difficult, this may just be the perfect idea for you.
- A homework station for the kids – Most families are already doing this – the children doing their homework on the counter while mom is busy preparing dinner. Aside from being able to prepare a good meal for the family, it will also be convenient for mom to have the kids work right there where she can easily supervise how they do their home works. Simply add some pencil and penholders, a minimalist table lamp and some papers in one corner. Remember to not crowd the island with too much school stuff though so you can still use half of it to do kitchen work.
The key when doing a kitchen remodel , and practically any kind of remodel nowadays is to be smart when it comes to the function of furniture and fixtures. Considering the usual space issues homeowners deal with, it helps to be smarter in using structures like the kitchen island in a more multi-functional way. These are only a few ideas to get you started. There are definitely many inventive ways on how you can put make that kitchen island more functional.