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Which is better, an island or a table for the kitchen?

Jan 16

Are you thinking of a kitchen remodel? Are you looking to make your kitchen more modern? You don't have to change anything, but a more functional kitchen can be made by adding a prep surface. The final question about modern-day kitchens is this: Do I choose a breakfast bar or a kitchen island?

As we all know, kitchens are no longer just for cooking. The kitchen is now the heart of the home and a place we can socialize and work in. The formal dining room is being replaced by modern kitchens. Although it is more difficult to decide between a kitchen island or a table, these facts don't provide a clear answer.

We have done the research and are happy to share our findings about comparing a kitchen table with an island (or your average breakfast buffet). While we won't tell you what to do, we will provide the facts so you can make informed decisions.

Different lifestyles and kitchen designs exist.

1. Multi-purpose kitchen island

The kitchen island/table is often what we first see when we enter a kitchen. This is especially important if someone is already seated at the island or if delicious food has been displayed on the surface.

Its ability to be seated and standing is the greatest benefit of the kitchen island. It is a great place for socializing in the kitchen and enjoying an appetizer or glass of wine before moving on to the formal dining area. You can use the kitchen island as a casual stepping stone between greeting your guests at the door and setting the scene for the main event, such as a dinner party or birthday celebration in the dining room.

Many other benefits are offered by the kitchen island:

* Plenty of storage - An island can store at least two cabinets, two drawers, and display shelving for cookbooks and other collectibles.

* The item's size can vary depending on the space available.

* A kitchen island can be used as a breakfast counter or, in other words, a brunch bar island. This creates a comfortable dining space and allows for some stool storage.

* An island is a great spot to store and display accessories for your kitchen.

* Kitchen islands can be used for a variety activities, including food preparation and baking.

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 to spend 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 the advantages of breakfast bars?

* An island table provides additional work surface.

It 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 may be used as a partition.

* A breakfast bar can be used to store items underneath the breakfast bar. This depends on how much space you have and how deep your unit is.

Contact one of our professional Interior Designers/Decorators to design your dream kitchen island/table.

3. The kitchen table

As children, everyone had a kitchen table. It was where we used to do homework, talk with our moms or friends, and share meals with our families. The kitchen table can bring back a lot of fond memories and give you a special feeling.

What are the advantages of a kitchen island

* A table in your kitchen eliminates the need to have a separate dining room.

* The 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. An island requires a minimum of 90cm to walk around and open appliances doors. For smaller homes, this may not be possible.

* Double the surface of your kitchen table for food preparation and baking.

* Conversations can be facilitated by sitting around tables, especially if there is no TV.

* You can extend modern kitchen tables by adding an additional leaf to accommodate guests.

4. What about an island with a table?

It is not uncommon to have a kitchen that has both a prep and cooking island as well as a dining area. Two kitchen islands are becoming increasingly popular. The one serves as a prep and cooking area, while the other is used to socialize or do homework.

5. Which one is the best at the end?

Cornell University found that eating together in the kitchen or dining room results in lower BMIs. The kitchen table encourages interaction and quiet time.

What is the verdict? What is the verdict? The evidence is clear: fostering social interaction at home leads to stronger family bonds.

You have the option of a kitchen island, or a table.

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

* For practicality and convenience, your island should be between 920 to 940mm in height.

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

* The benchtop thickness 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 other factors.

* 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

The kitchen island should not be large and bulky in your space. Mixing different materials can reduce its size and give it visual character (e.g. stainless steel with wood).

Your kitchen and adjacent rooms should be kept in balance.

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