The kitchen island is a flagship element of modern kitchens. Very trendy, it is appreciated for its aesthetics, its practical and functional aspect, but also for the user-friendliness it brings to your interior. If it’s in fashion, don’t go for the wrong model, inappropriate layout or poorly thought out design. Let’s take stock of the 5 mistakes to avoid when installing a kitchen island.
Mistake n ° 1: a badly positioned island
The position of the kitchen island is essential. If it is poorly thought out, it can make it lose all usefulness. Whatever its shape, it is essential to implant it in the right place. The kitchen island is a functional element of your kitchen, but it is also a convivial space around which your family and your guests will gather. Allow at least 90 cm of passage around the island to facilitate traffic and allow everyone to approach it at ease and without hindering.
Mistake n ° 2: an island that does not meet his needs
The island is certainly trendy, but it does not correspond to all lifestyles and it does not suit all kitchens. In a small space, the island can be more cumbersome and inconvenient than efficient and practical. Likewise, the island must above all correspond and meet your needs. It can be a cooking space, a washing space, a preparation space, a sharing space, a storage space, etc. However, you do not have to set everything there. If you have the space and if it corresponds to your uses, set up a sink, hob, hood and storage space, but if you do not find yourself in this use, simply make it a space where share your meals.
Mistake n ° 3: an island that does not take into account the shape of the kitchen
If you have a small kitchen, you can set up an island, nothing prevents you from doing so. On the other hand, it is recommended to choose a model that matches the shape of your kitchen and that fits well in its dimensions. It is indeed absolutely necessary to think of taking the measurements of its part before investing in an island in order to avoid that this one is more constraining than functional. If the island is not recommended in an L-shaped kitchen, a too narrow kitchen or a long kitchen, it can be installed in a reduced kitchen if it too lowers its dimensions. In this case, reserve it for the items that are essential to you.
Take your measurements carefully beforehand so that the island does not lose all its meaning. Some items, such as hobs, cupboards, sinks or hoods can be very bulky. Keep in mind that you need a space of at least 90 cm around the island to move around, so optimize the size of this central element to concentrate only the essentials according to your room.
Mistake n ° 4: an island that is more aesthetic than truly practical
The island is very trendy and photos of kitchens, each more beautiful than the next, are popping up on the internet and making us all dream. However, don’t make the mistake of designing an island that is beautiful, but impractical. The very essence of the island is to be functional and to bring you comfort in your room. So proceed in order and design this element to meet your needs with a well thought out, practical and functional layout. To do this, rely on the habits of the different members of your household. Decoration comes second.
Mistake n ° 5: an island that hinders traffic
Remember again, the island is a central element of your kitchen around which you can move around and sit down. This space is above all functional and must be designed to integrate into the room without hindering its occupancy. Keep at least 90 cm around your island to move around without difficulty. Make sure that access to cooking spaces, storage, sink, refrigerator and dishwasher is accessible at all times, including when you are seated around the island to eat. Otherwise, you deprive yourself of the comfort of your kitchen and the usefulness of the island.