Kitchen islands have a variety of functions, which can be used as a work desk for making food ingredients, can also be a dining table to serve cooked food, even just a bar with a single tier island as a breakfast bar or double tier island as a bar design (usually just for hanging out). But in general this kitchen island is used as a preparation table, so it is not uncommon for stoves or grills to be placed on the kitchen island. Then if the kitchen island is connected to a dining table, then it is usually also equipped with a sink on it for washing hands and even washing dishes.
The kitchen island is a center of movement in the kitchen placed in the middle of the kitchen and circulation of cooking and preparing food, so it must be given a minimum circulation area of 120 cm between the edges of the kitchen island and kitchen cabinet or kitchen set. Distance makes motion more free in activities.
In addition to the functions mentioned above, another advantage of this island is that it can be used as a storage place by adding drawers, storage, rack and even cabinets there. Storage on this kitchen island can be used to store anything as desired, for example
1. Kitchen island drawers are usually used to store tableware or cookware such as knives, spoons, forks, and others.
2. kitchen island shelves are usually used to store wine. You can also install the fridge there if the kitchen island is large.
3. Storage of an open kitchen island is usually used to put glassware such as plates, glasses, bottles, and others
4. Kitchen island cabinets are often used to store food ingredients. This design is also often called a stock cabinet.
In fact, the kitchen island is very helpful and increases the area in many ways. However, often the small kitchen space makes us rethink to put the kitchen island there, but do not worry, it turns out the kitchen island can be adjusted to the existing kitchen area. First, use a small kitchen island. Choose a kitchen island that is enough for your kitchen and does not make the kitchen space more narrow and tight. The second way, use an island that can be moved with the wheels underneath. This type of kitchen island is often called the kitchen island cart. It has wheels that make it easy to move everywhere. Kitchen carts can function exactly the same as the kitchen island. It can be used to mix cooking spices, prepare dishes, store items or stock and the most important is to deliver dishes (as the name implies “cart”).
When trying out an island for the kitchen, all you have to pay attention to is the position of the installed island must leave a gap between the edge of the table on the back of the cabinet and the edge of the island. The space between these two working areas is part of the clearance zone on the island kitchen. The size and shape of the kitchen island can vary, but the recommended minimum size from the kitchen island is only about 1 meter. Although small, this dimension still allows it to be used as a practical work area in the kitchen, including a choice of integrated equipment.
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