When done right, kitchen islands can be the heart of the kitchen – a place for families to gather, enjoy meals together, share stories and offer a practical storage solution for cumbersome kitchen appliances.
However, when done wrong, they can be anything but, becoming an impractical use of space and a bit of an eyesore within the home. As such, it’s important to get their design right from the get go – and that starts with the worktop.
Put simply, choosing the right worktop can make a kitchen island, helping draw the eye and allowing it to act as the kitchen’s focal point in the way it should.
But, it isn’t just looks that kitchen island worktops can help with. Each type of worktop comes with its own advantages and disadvantages, meaning that the ideal solution for one person could be entirely different for someone else. So, how can you decide which is right for you?
Well, that’s where we can help. Join us as we run through some of the key questions to consider when deciding on the ideal worktop for your kitchen island.
What will you be using your kitchen island for?
The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is what exactly you intend using your kitchen island for.
If, for example, you are planning to serve family meals around it on a daily basis, your worktop will need to be highly durable and able to deal with accidental spillages, like our range of laminate worktops are.
Likewise, if you’d like to install a hob into the island’s worktop, you will likely benefit from a surrounding worktop that can deal with stains and is more resistant to heat.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to have a kitchen island that’s more style than substance, a bespoke wooden worktop could help create the centrepiece you’re looking for.
Fundamentally, you need to decide what the purpose of your kitchen island is, before deciding what the best worktop option is off the back of that.
Will you need seating?
If you are planning on using your kitchen island as a breakfast bar, then it’s important to think about your seating. And, while you may not have thought it, this can have an impact on the type of worktop you should choose as well.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, after all. So, the last thing you want is to design a beautiful kitchen island only to find you’re too big to sit under the worktop comfortably.
As such, here is some general advice to follow when thinking about your seating arrangement:
- For smaller worktop heights (approx. 89 cm – 94 cm), seats should be between 58 cm and 72 cm.
- For mid-sized worktop heights (approx. 1.04 m – 1.09 m), seats should be between 74 cm and 82 cm.
- For taller worktop heights (approx. 1.10 m and 1.19 m), seats should be between 84 cm and 92 cm.
- You should also allow approximately 60 cm of width per person/seating and around 30cm of worktop overhang for leg and knee room.
With so many factors to take into account, identifying the ideal worktop for your kitchen island can be a tricky thing to do. So, why not consult the experts?