Freestanding Kitchens

Create a casual atmosphere with laid-back freestanding kitchen design.

Dream Home 2009 Kitchen

Dream Home 2009 Kitchen

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Just like the name indicates, the freestanding kitchen is designed to allow freedom throughout the kitchen. Whereas traditional kitchens make use of a continuous set of counters, freestanding kitchens divide the area, moving food preparation or a sink space to a center island.

Kitchens With Islands

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Island Paradise

Kitchen islands are popular. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 80 percent of home buyers consider an island desirable or essential. But that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Consider your space to make sure you have enough clearance on all sides of the island. Design by Gregory Augustine.

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

A Better Work Triangle

The island in this kitchen features a second sink to use for food preparation, creating a compact and convenient work triangle. Design by Gail Drury.

From: Drury Design

Cooktop Kitchen Island

When designing a cooktop island like this one, make sure you have the structural ability to build a ventilation hood directly above. Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai.

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Traditional Kitchen Island

For many homeowners, a basic island helps make a small kitchen feel larger and adds a much-needed work surface. Design by Candice Olson.

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Double Duty

This working island functions as a cooking area with a built-in stove and prep space and as a bar with seating.

From: Drury Design

Grab a Bite

This eight-foot-long island is great for grabbing a quick meal and as additional space for food prep. Design by Phyllis Harbinger.

Photo By: Designer, Phyllis Harbinger

Display Shelves

This island houses the main sink and includes bar seating and built-in display shelves. Design by Dave Stimmel.

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Make It a Galley

This extended island gives this L-shaped kitchen a galley-like feel and features plenty of cabinet storage, counter space and seating. Design by Tina Muller.

Photo By: Designer, Tina Muller

Give It Character

Islands can be fun as well as functional. This one is designed to complement a Mediterranean kitchen, with unique features like decorative wheels, architectural details and aged texture on the cabinet doors. The rustic hanging pot rack above it adds more Old World charm.

Chef’s Island

This custom-designed stone island features a deck-mounted pot filler and custom-designed hood mixed with state-of-the-art appliances.

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Gathering Place

The island in this horseshoe, or U-shape, kitchen features a second sink and acts like a dining area that can seat several people.

Small Kitchen Island

An island doesn’t have to be big, especially if you have a small kitchen. A simple island like this one is highly functional and doesn’t take up much space. Design by Didier Michot.

Entertainment Central

The island in this L-shaped kitchen allows the homeowner to prepare food on one side while entertaining guests sitting on the other side.

For example, in a kitchen where food is frequently being prepared, a kitchen island with a butcher block counter or cooktop might be an option for providing more space. A kitchen island can also be designed to incorporate storage space, like drawers and shelves, and overhead ventilation can be put in place of lighting to accommodate a stovetop.

If you are seeking a repurposed piece, then look for more freestanding pieces of furniture, like a desk or dresser that can be fitted with a countertop. These details are simple, but unique, turning the kitchen space into a more comfortable room for the home.

The freestanding kitchen is the perfect option for homeowners who spend a lot of time cooking or entertaining guests. If you are choosing this kitchen style, be sure to think about your usual cooking steps in order to choose a design that will suit your needs. For example, of you want to be able to chop food and then toss it in a pan on the stove, then your food preparation area should be located next to the stovetop.

A freestanding kitchen also allows for casual dining. Create a conversational atmosphere by including pub-style seating for guests or for children to do homework after dinner.

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