Make sure your kitchen island fits your lifestyle

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A kitchen island is a handy way to make the most of your kitchen floor space, but you need to consider...

A kitchen island is a handy way to make the most of your kitchen floor space, but you need to consider a few things before having your island installed. For example, if your island is too large for your kitchen, you will find it difficult to prepare meals. You'll want to make the most of the storage potential of your new island, too. You can do that with under-the-counter storage, countertop organizers and even racks that contain lighting above the island.

Foot traffic

Making the space convenient to use is one of the most important considerations when installing your island. You need room to walk comfortably around the kitchen, so you need to measure, or have your remodeler measure, the space before planning the size of your island. Ideally, you should have enough room for two people to pass one another on all sides of the island without bumping into each other.

Under-island storage

Think about the things you plan to store under the island and measure them. For example, if you plan to use the island to prepare baked goods frequently, make sure you have drawers or shelves installed that fit your mixing bowls and baking dishes. If you plan to use the island for crafting, or just for a place to sit and chat with friends and family, you might want more drawers than shelves under the counter.

Above the island

If you have some extra space on your kitchen island's countertop, add some organizers to store items you use frequently. You have a lot of options, such as sturdy baskets or small organizers with cubicles to hold your kitchen items. Another way to increase the convenience of your island is to add a pot rack. Pot racks turn your cookware into a decoration instead of hiding them below the counter, and you can get these handy racks either with or without lights.

You can discuss these suggestions and any questions you have about islands for your kitchen with your Atlanta-area professional remodeler; and make your kitchen island work for your home.

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