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Island Fever: The Shape of Things to Come

Kitchen islands are trending off the charts these days because of the combination of function and style that they bring to the home. Islands add seating, storage and workspace to a kitchen. Today, island options are almost limitless, providing endless opportunities for you to make your kitchen not only stand apart, but also a true pleasure to cook in.

We recommend different shapes based on the configuration of the space and your goals. For a recent renovation, we recommended an L-shaped island to help fill open space and provide our client with desired extra storage and workspace. L-shaped islands are best suited to larger kitchens that enable the homeowner to spread out the work and storage space in the kitchen. If there is more than one cook in your family and you have the space, L-shaped could be the island for you because it allows two or more people to cook at the same time without getting in each other’s way. L-shaped islands also provide ample opportunities for seating.

Semi-circular or full circle-shaped islands create unique statements for most kitchens, because they are not normally specified unless there is sufficient space in the kitchen. One of the major benefits of a circular shape is expanded seating areas. Another is the abundance of preparation space.

We recently did a kitchen renovation or a client who loves to cook, and we made her dreams come true by recommending a U-shaped island. Not only did this island provide a tremendous amount of storage space, we were also able to place the microwave in the island configuration and provide a comfortable seating area. For U-shaped islands to work, you need to have lots of space. If you are considering a U-shaped island or one is recommended, bear in mind they are large and therefore there is lots of space to navigate and clean. The size tends to cut off the space in some kitchens. We help our clients maximize the storage space by providing swing devices in floor cabinets such as a lazy Susan or base pull out accessories.

We recommend Galley islands for clients looking for clean lines and an open concept, because they promote workflow in the kitchen and create a streamlined look. The absence of curves or corners in a Galley-shaped island maximizes storage space and makes bar stool seating easy. Some of our clients shy away from a Galley-shaped island finding them to lack visual appeal. We can create a wow effect for Galley-shaped islands by specifying head-turning cabinets and cabinet hardware.

What if your kitchen is not large enough to accommodate an island? Go mobile. Islands on wheels provide the functionality and storage benefits of an island without taking up a lot of space. Many rolling islands can be tucked underneath countertops when not in use. When additional prep area is needed, simply roll them out. Rolling islands are great for smaller kitchens. However, because of their smaller stature, they do not provide as much storage or prep area as a permanent option.

What shaped island will work best for you? That depends on the look, space and functionality that you want. We can recommend an island shape best suited for your needs and desires. Give us a call at or stop by the showroom at to discuss the options available to you.

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