Kitchen island legs add furniture-like appeal to kitchen islands.
Designing the perfect kitchen island that best accommodates the need of not only your space but also your family can feel overwhelming. Kitchen island options are endless: counter-height or bar-height breakfast bar; open shelving for display or cabinets with drawers for storage; extra sink or cooktop. And each decision informs another. Installing a cooktop in the kitchen island, for example, means you’ll need to add a hood overhead—and the appropriate ventilation. As you evaluate your needs, understand that placement here is key. If you’re building in appliances like a dishwasher, you’ll want the cabinets in which you store the serving ware close-by; if you’re specifying other bells and whistles, like a warming drawer, microwave oven or under-counter refrigerator, make sure there’s enough countertop space above to place a hot bowl without spilling, or place a few cold drinks when guests pull up a seat. Beyond built-in, storage and counter options, determine if your kitchen allows enough room for seating, whether at a table-style island or breakfast bar. When friends, family members or guests can pull up a chair (or stool) and stay a while, seating at the kitchen island becomes a necessary luxury, allowing the cook to stay in the conversation, help with homework, or request help with prep work—any cook’s dream.