Kitchen islands have come a long way in design and utility. They can be real conversation starter or can be a place where the family hangs out around. Consider the following points while buying or creating one for your home.
Size & Clearances around the Kitchen Island
The major thing to decide is the size of the island you are looking for in your kitchen. This is primarily governed by the size of your kitchen. As a rule keep a minimum clearance of 24 inches (60 cms) around the movable island for working and movement. For fixed islands consider having 36 inches (75 cms) all around.
Fixed Kitchen Island
The way you design your kitchen layout determines how efficiently you can breeze through all the kitchen activities saving loads of time and energy. Have you ever analyzed your kitchen’s workflow? An efficient kitchen workflow will not just prove to be a time savior but can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, the tips below can come handy and prove beneficial even if you make small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the workflow.
1. Understanding the Major Activities with a Kitchen
There are mainly three main activities under which other sub-activities within the kitchen can be categorized into.
- Preparing and setting up food (cutting, mixing with or without using appliances)
- Access to consumable items required for cooking (Pantry- small or big)
- Non-consumable items needed for preparation (Cutlery, dishes)
- Washing food items before cooking (Vegetables etc.)
- Washing Utensils after cooking (use of sink and/or dishwasher)
- Using a Cooktop
- Cooking with other appliances (Microwave or oven etc.)
The ratio of space required by each activity also depends on your cooking style. For example, if you are into baking, you may need more worktop space for preparation than an elaborate cooking area.