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Which one is better: an island or a kitchen table?

Jan 16

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Do I choose a breakfast bar or a kitchen island?

It's obvious that kitchens have changed beyond just being used to cook. But they don’t provide a clear answer.

We have done the research and can share our findings about comparing a kitchen island to a table (and your average breakfast buffet)

There are many ways to live and cook.

1. Multi-purpose kitchen island

Let's face the facts, the kitchen island/table can be the first thing that people see when they enter a kitchen.

One of the greatest advantages of the kitchen island is its ability to sit or stand. It can also be used to greet guests at the front door and set the scene for the main event, such as a dinner party or birthday celebration in the dining room.

There are many other benefits to the kitchen island:

Lots of storage. An island can house at least two cabinets and two drawers. Display shelving can be used to store cookbooks or other collectibles.

* The item's size can vary depending upon how much space you have.

A kitchen island can double as a breakfast counter or a breakfast bar island, providing a comfortable area for dining and seating.

* An island is a great way to store and display kitchen accessories.

* Kitchen islands are great for a wide range of activities, including baking and food preparation.

Many homeowners have made the move to an island and added a second cooking area. This allows them to cook together, and also gives them more time with their friends and families.

Problem with the kitchen island is that it cannot fit in galley kitchens (long). It can be used in either U-shape and L-shape spaces.

2. A typical breakfast bar

What are breakfast bars' benefits?

* These tables offer an additional work surface in the form of an island table.

This can seat three to four people, making it ideal for casual dining.

* To separate the work area from the dining room, a kitchen island or breakfast bar could be used.

A breakfast bar may be used to store food under the breakfast bar. This is dependent on how much space you have and the depth of the unit.

To design your dream kitchen island/table, contact one of our professional Interior Designers/Decorators.

3. A kitchen table

As children, everyone had a kitchen table. The kitchen table was where we used to do homework, talk with our moms or friends, and eat together.

The benefits of a kitchen island

A table in the kitchen is a great way to eliminate the need for separate dining areas.

A spacious underside of a kitchen table creates the illusion of more space. This allows for natural light to shine through underneath it.

If space is limited, the kitchen table can still be used. For smaller homes, this may not be possible.

* A double-sided kitchen table can be used for food preparation and baking.

Sitting at tables can facilitate conversation, especially if there isn't a TV.

* You can extend modern kitchen tables by adding extra leaves to make it more spacious for guests.

4. What about an island with a table?

It is not uncommon to find a kitchen that has both a prepping and cooking island. The one serves as a cooking and prepping area, while the other is used to socialize or do homework.

5 What is the best?

A Cornell University study showed that families who eat in the same room as their children have lower BMIs. A table at the kitchen table encourages quiet time and interaction between the families.

What's the verdict? The verdict: Having a supportive environment for social interaction at home leads to stronger family bonds.

Choose from a kitchen island or table.

Design tips for your next kitchen island. Pay attention to proportions

* For practicality and ease of use, your island should be between 920 and 940mm high.

* The ideal island width should not be smaller than 900mm A perfect length would be around 1,200mm.

The thickness of your benchtop should vary depending on whether it is a breakfast bar, island or breakfast bar. It should be between 20 and 80mm, depending upon your design style, budget, and personal preference.

* You can add barstools to an island if you wish (and who wouldn’t?) You will need an additional 300 mm of under-bench space.

Design Bonus: Mix and match different materials to make your next kitchen island

A kitchen island shouldn't be large in your home. Mixing different materials can reduce its size and add visual interest to the room (e.g. stainless steel with wood).

Keep your kitchen and adjacent rooms in a healthy state.

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