Kitchen islands are a way of life. But you already knew that. In fact, one survey showed that more than 70% of home buyers want an island in their kitchen, with 50% of those considering it a must-have. That’s all well and good, but here’s the thing: we have a sneaking suspicion that not all kitchen islands are being used to their full potential. Let us explain. If you were to think an island was merely an extension of your kitchen’s worktop area, you’d be wrong (very wrong, might we add). And yes, we know you know they can be used for storage too, but there’s more. So. Much. More.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about turning that (albeit lovely looking) block in the centre of your kitchen, into a hub of life-changing usefulness.
5. Add your pet’s food bowls
We know, we know, a bit of a wild card – but this is actually a rather nifty little idea when you think about it. Aren’t you sick of tripping over your dog’s water bowl every time you go in the kitchen? Or cleaning up the mess around your cat’s food dish? If the answer is yes, then this is your answer. Simply install a low shelf in your island (or whichever level works for the height of your pet), and cut out bowl-shaped holes in it where you can slot your pet’s dishes. Next, sit back and enjoy the fact that you’ve removed a) an eye-sore and b) a health hazard.
6 Use it as an actual bar, not just a breakfast bar
There’s something nice (dangerous?) about having a dedicated space just for drinks, so why not install a mini fridge into your island for beers and white wine, plus a space for spirits and any other tipples that take your fancy? Stack piles of cocktail recipe books on one of the island’s shelves (see above), and display other bits and bobs like cocktail shakers and martini glasses there too, so you’re left with your very own Bond-esque bar – perfect for those pre-meal drinks and nibbles at dinner parties.
7. Use it to double up
We’ve agreed that installing appliances in your kitchen island is a great idea, but what about if you weren’t just to move them, but double up on them instead? Having two ovens, for example, can be a lifesaver for big families or for those who like to entertain a crowd. And having a kitchen island provides the perfect chance to do so without taking up space elsewhere.
8. Get one with wheels
Not ready to commit to island life just yet? Don’t worry. There are some ingenious islands these days that come on actual wheels meaning you can whizz it in and out of the space at the drop of a hat. That way you can make use of the island for the majority of the time, but hide it away the minute you need space to host a party, do a workout video or simply enjoy a different kitchen aesthetic.