Create a festive focal point for your kitchen with an island from Brothers Cabinetry Company. Seating and storage options expand your space while adding functionality and charm — it’s both a hearth and a workspace. Whether you need elbow room to cook with the kids or a custom cabinet to hold the holiday dishes, an island manufactured by Brothers Cabinetry Company is a kitchen oasis.
Why You Need a Kitchen Island
The reasons to love a kitchen island are as numerous as the ways they can be customized.
• Storage Space
Islands offer valuable storage space without remodeling your entire kitchen. Design yours with full base cabinets, open shelves or a combination of each with additional features that fit your lifestyle — put a pull-out spice rack or wine holder on your wish list. Assembly for accessories is included with installation.
• Outlets and Built-in Appliances
A full-service island with water, gas and electricity can house a dishwasher or second stove top — make cooking for your next get-together a breeze. Run a second blender to make drinks for a crowd or make both pancakes and hash browns for breakfast with the extra outlets an island provides. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
• Work Area
No kitchen ever has enough counter space. An island serves as a separate workstation, keeping your existing countertop free for storage and small appliances. Choose a top to match your existing solid or manufactured counter — or consider solid wood for a rustic touch
• Casual Seating
If your kitchen lacks seating, an island is a solution. Dining rooms are ideal for a formal sit-down dinner, but islands are an anytime space for a quick meal and a chat. Families can get together to cook without overcrowding the kitchen — there’s always enough space to relax.
How to Design the Perfect Kitchen Island
Get the most out of a kitchen island by choosing the right size for your needs.
Consider how much cooking and eating space you’ll need for an island that doubles as a kitchen table or workstation. A small four- by two-foot island with an extendable leaf may be all you need in a small kitchen that typically serves two, but seating for three or four with room to chop vegetables requires a full base and an extensive counter. The professionals at Brothers Cabinetry Company will help you determine the perfect size.
• Seating Options
Kitchen islands with seating require a 12-18 inch overhang on the counter under which to sit — the size and height of your seats determine how much space you’ll need. Measure your existing stools or shop for new ones before designing your island.
• How long should an island be?
Experts recommend 24-30 inches of space per person for comfortable seating at an island — 10 feet is ideal for four or 8 feet for three. When planning your island, leave enough clearance to move around each end comfortably.
Matching an Island to the Rest of Your Kitchen
• Choose the Right Material
Islands are focal points, so you’ll want to choose a base and counter material that matches your kitchen’s overall feel — but they don’t have to be an exact match. A vibrant color or warm wood can provide a welcomed contrast as long as the assembly blends with the décor.
Brothers Cabinetry Company can match an existing manufactured or solid counter or create a new masterpiece from the wood of your choice — the material selection is endless. Highlight it with quality hardware in today’s most popular styles.
• Enhance it With Lighting
Recessed lighting is a good option for islands, but decorative pendant lights add allure, and they’re adjustable. Place them at just the right height for perfect illumination.
• Make it Functional
Choose options for your island that improve the versatility of your existing space. Incorporate drawers, shelves and custom cabinets for storage, plus modern features from trash bins to towel racks to help you work smarter, not harder.
Creating your custom kitchen island is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Trust your project from design and construction to assembly and installation to the thoughtful professionals at Brothers Cabinetry Company.