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6 Kitchen Spaces That Use Their Islands Wisely

It’s a wonder how much you can fit into a kitchen with some smart space planning
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 14-12-2021 11:45am

Having an island forms part of most dream kitchens. However, space configurations may not always allow that dream to become a reality. But that hasn’t stopped these homeowners. Take a look at how these well-planned kitchens comfortably fit in that extra work surface or breakfast bar.

1. On a ledge    
Laurence Pidgeon shows us that you don’t need a lot of space to fit in a breakfast bar. In fact, all you need is a ledge like this one which comfortably fits in a few extra seating spots. 

Kitchen by Laurence Pidgeon, Credit: Darren Chung

2. Double duty
If you don’t have space for a separate dining table, wrap it around your island instead. This design by Woodstock Furniture uses the same tone of wood in multiple areas to make the design seamless, while the white cabinetry on the other side balances the darker toned wood, making the room look bigger. 

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A table wrapped around an island, Credit: Woodstock Furniture

3. Moving parts
Having a movable table as a kitchen island is space saving. It gives you the extra counterspace when needed and as it's a table, it is not so heavy on the eye. Here, Scott Mitchell, project designer at Roundhouse says, “As you can see through it, it gives a sense of space, in the same way that a grand piano looks smaller on space than an ordinary one. Less permanent than standard islands, it adds flexibility to the set up.”

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Kitchen by Roundhouse, Credit: Darren Chung

4. Float it
The all-white interiors paired with a ‘see through’ dining table base creates the illusion of space in this kitchen. The table top appears to be floating as the minimalist legs don’t create a visual obstruction, thus letting one space flow into the next.  

Kitchen by Wolf

5. Turn the corner
If your kitchen is located in a narrow space, doesn’t mean you have to give up on the breakfast bar dream. Susan Humphries from Nicholas Anthony extends the countertop around the corner to create a platform that even houses a wine storage rack. The designer effectively uses the awkward space, creating a ledge for a breakfast bar.

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Bar stools close to the wine cabinet create an area for socialising with friends, out of the main cooking zone

6. U-turn
Although this kitchen is located in a corner, the U-shape creates a peninsula allowing the owners to have a breakfast bar as well as ample worktops and storage.

Designed by Adam BrayCredit: Alexis Hamilton

Also read:
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   Amanda Peters
KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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