Stationary Kitchen Islands

If you are running out of room for storage or food preparation, then a stationary kitchen island might be the ideal solution for you.
Kitchen breakfast bar and island

Kitchen breakfast bar and island

HGTV Design Star Winner Meg Caswell with Monique Stone as she discover her new kitchen after the kitchen remodel as seen on HGTV's Great Rooms.

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Jean-Marc Giboux

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

A stationary kitchen island truly lives up to its name in that its most useful feature is that it serves as a station for food preparation or seating that is not otherwise available in a kitchen. Think of a stationary island as an ideal place for doing "overflow" work, such as chopping vegetables or preparing plates for guests.

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Wastebasket Pull-Out

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a greater emphasis on trash collection is a growing trend in kitchen design. These pull-out wastebaskets conceal kitchen refuse while providing easy access. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Built-In Wine Storage

The NKBA also reports that the need for wine storage is on the rise. Built-in wine racks can be incorporated into otherwise underused areas of the kitchen, such as corners and small gaps between cabinets and appliances. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Walk-In Pantry

Another growing trend in kitchen design, walk-in pantries can be used to store everything from food to dishes to small appliances. Pantry organization systems range from simple wire shelves to sophisticated custom drawers and cabinetry. Image courtesy of Closet Maid

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Pantry Pull-Outs

If you don't have the space for a walk-in pantry, consider maximizing cabinet space with pull-out pantry drawers. Pull-outs allow for better access to items in the back of the cabinet. Design by W. David Seidel

Photo By: Designer, W. David Seidel

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a visually appealing storage solution, breaking up the monotony of standard cabinets and serving as a place to display vases, cookbooks and decorative dishes. Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Built-In Organizer

Once offered only by custom cabinet makers, divided utensil drawers and pull-out spice drawers are now available in mid-priced fixtures. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Decorative Hutch

A decorative hutch provides storage for both everyday and formal dishes while serving as a beautiful focal point. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Lazy Susan

While the NKBA reports that lazy Susans are losing popularity, they're still a great way to maximize cabinet space by making hard-to-reach spaces more accessible. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Hidden Storage

Olive oils and cooking wines are conveniently stored in a narrow pull-out cabinet hidden behind an architectural feature. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Tray Divider Pull-Out

Tray dividers offer easy access and convenient organization for baking pans, cookie sheets and other kitchen items. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Stationary islands can also provide seating for casual dining, but keep in mind that the average design typically accommodates two people. This, however, can be the perfect option for someone who is simply seeking a weekend breakfast spot or a place for kids to complete homework after dinner. Be sure to choose seats that are appropriate for the height of the island and are made with a spill-resistant material.

Extra storage space is another feature that is often included with pre-designed stationary islands. A set of drawers, small side shelves and two to four cabinets are typical for these types of islands. Some stationary islands also include unique features, like a drop leaf breakfast bar or knife block that attaches to the end of the island.

Consider a stationary kitchen island if you are seeking a moderately sized design that can be moved to accommodate a new kitchen design or appliance. Stationary kitchen islands are the ideal option for a homeowner who is seeking a bit of extra space without a permanent commitment.

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