If you have an open plan kitchen, or a large to medium sized kitchen space, a kitchen island could be the perfect addition. This can add usable worktop space and storage space, as well as working effectively as a zonal barrier, creating defined kitchen zonal areas. A kitchen island can even be used effectively for additional kitchen seating. But what should you consider when using a kitchen island to provide storage solutions? And what kind of design decisions can help to improve your kitchen island? Well, here at Priory Kitchen Studio, we are Preston’s leading kitchen design experts. And this is our guide to everything you should know about kitchen island storage solutions.
Using a kitchen island to provide storage solutions
A kitchen island is essentially a free standing kitchen cabinet with usable worktop space. This can be a range of shapes and sizes, and be designed and selected to fit with your existing kitchen layout and style choices. But one of the most important things to consider is the storage capacity. So how can you add effective storage solutions to your kitchen island? Well, the different kitchen island storage solutions include:
- Cupboard space
- Drawer space
Kitchen island cupboard space
When designing your kitchen island, it can be a good idea to consider adding cupboard space. This can help to store a range of items, from crockery, to large pots and pans, which can be difficult to store anywhere else. This can free up the rest of your kitchen cabinets for food and ingredient storage, and help your kitchen be more practical.
Drawer space for kitchen islands
Did you know that drawers can actually hold up to 30% more than cupboards. Depending on the size and shape of the items you want to store, a drawer system in your kitchen island can be a more effective choice. Why not consider the purpose of your kitchen island, whether it will be used for food preparation, or for seating, the purpose can help you determine which items to store in your kitchen island drawers. Having these items to hand when you need them can help improve kitchen functionality.
Kitchen island shelving units
Open shelves on your kitchen cabinet are perfect storage spaces for cookbooks, crockery and even herbs and spices. But this type of storage is more suited to a traditional, rustic or country style kitchen, than a contemporary kitchen. This is because the contemporary kitchen should be sleek and smooth, and shelving units can disrupt this visual design.
Racks for kitchen islands
Finally, you could consider adding storage racks. Whether this is a wine rack, or a pull out spice rack, the choice will depend entirely on your personal preferences. Rack systems can be incredible space saving.
For more information or advice about your new kitchen island, get in touch with the team today, here at Priory Kitchen Studio.