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Kitchen Islands: Beautiful, Functional Design Options

When a kitchen island with a breakfast bar isn’t providing a convenient place to catch up on the news or grab a quick meal, it also multitasks as extra countertop space for prep work or homework.

Breakfast bars may be the same height as the island counter, or raised up several inches to block the view of kitchen clutter, like unsightly dishes in the sink, appliances and more.
Just make sure the breakfast bar—and any breakfast bar seating—doesn’t affect traffic patterns or disrupt the flow of the work triangle.
A good rule of thumb is to provide at least 24 inches (or as many as 30 inches, depending on the size of the space) of elbow room per diner.

Freestanding Kitchen Islands

If you are seeking mobility in a kitchen island, then a freestanding design might be the perfect option for you.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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If you have a bit of a commitment phobia. then a freestanding kitchen island might be the ideal option for adding more food preparation and storage space to your kitchen area.

Freestanding kitchen islands come with a variety of options. Many of them include wheels, like a butcher’s or utility cart. These islands come in a number of styles, including carts with wooden butcher block tops and ones made completely from stainless steel.
Other freestanding kitchen island options include stock cabinetry or buffet style designs. These islands typically stand on legs similar to a dresser and have minimal storage space, such as a set of drawers and open shelf storage for books or large appliances.
Pre-designed freestanding kitchen islands often incorporate helpful features, such as a rod for hanging towels or metal hooks to hang small pots. Of course, the most valuable aspect of a freestanding kitchen island is that it is not a permanent fixture in a kitchen and can be easily moved.
Repurposed options for a freestanding kitchen island include placing a kitchen-friendly surface on top of an old office desk or using an antique dresser to give a kitchen a vintage vibe.

Kitchen Islands With Breakfast Bars

Add a space for informal dining with this guide for designing a kitchen island with a breakfast bar.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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A kitchen island with a breakfast bar is the ideal setting for casual, informal dining. Sure, a formal dining room is a beautiful space for entertaining guests during special occasions, but as you’re considering kitchen layouts, keep in mind that adding a breakfast bar at your kitchen island is a simple way to create a dining space for everyday use.
In kitchens with space for large kitchen islands, the traditional center island is a popular choice for many homeowners who are seeking the addition of a breakfast bar. This island style allows for a few stools or pub-style seats to be situated at the bar, while the rest of the island is used for food preparation or as a cooktop.
Some people also choose to remove half of a wall that is enclosing the kitchen and turn the remaining half into a breakfast bar spot. Like the traditional center kitchen island, this design allows room for stools and dining space, and it provides a casual space to chat.
Less expensive options for a breakfast bar space include a fold-down table that is mounted to a wall. Two stools can be arranged on either side of the table and moved to another area when they are not in use. A freestanding breakfast bar is another option that allows for a simple, inexpensive additional dining space. Both of these can also be easily used in small or oddly shaped kitchens, like an L-shaped space.

 

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