Island, Dining Table or Both?
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Choosing between a kitchen island and dining table or deciding on both can be a transformational advantage in the kitchen.
A kitchen island is convenient for preparing food, serving food, and cleanup. Dining tables are specifically for serving and eating food. Islands are interesting because some can be designed with tall chairs and be sat at for entertaining company or eating quick meals such as breakfast or snacks. In some cases, having both an island and dining table is of utmost efficiency for everyday households. It allows for extra space to prepare and serve meals and a special place to eat exclusively at. Islands can be designed with accessories, sinks, and faucets for even more convenience.
An island is a functional and desired space in the kitchen because of the convenience it offers. Islands can come in various sizes, from around 4 feet to 9 feet. Now, the size of the island depends strictly on the size of the kitchen and it’s recommended to have 4 feet of space available around the island for optimal use. The reason islands commonly aren’t smaller than 4 feet because it limits the functionality of being able to prepare meals on. If the island is larger, a sink and faucet combination may be added or a stove range. Also, a prep sink and faucet are great considerations for a larger island because their petite size allows for good counter space. Kingston Brass offers several options for prep sinks and many offering for an additional kitchen faucet and or a specialty faucet like a water filtration faucet. Larger islands can allot for seating whereas islands around 4ft in length may not offer the space needed. Smaller islands are perfect for additional counterspace to cut vegetables, to prepare meat or to serve while still allowing for space around the kitchen.
A long-time design in a home is a dining table.
A dining area and table allow for social interaction within the household, time to sit together and enjoy a meal from the comfort of your own home. Dining tables and areas are also a design staple for your home. They assist in tying in the style and theme while adding additional accents.
These accents may be greenery, plates, or décor pieces. They are also heavily convenient for hosting dinner parties or holidays that require additional seating. The largest difference between a dining table and an island, however, is that most meals are not prepped on the dining table. It is simply a place to serve and eat the food at.
Island AND Dining Area
Many homeowners, if space allows, have both an island and a dining area.
Often, homes are designed with space for a dining table and with remodels or available space, an island is incorporated. Having both of these areas is a personal preference and can be very convenient for families and gatherings. Designing both of these areas can be done in sync or with similar décor options to create a cohesive style from room to room.