Mobile vs. Fixed Kitchen Islands
Kitchen islands aren’t all created equal, even though most of them share similar styles and features. The biggest defining feature for most islands is whether the particular model is designed for a fixed or mobile installation. Mobile islands often feature casters, but even if they only feature feet, they’re still mobile if they’re not built in place. Make the right choice between the two styles by comparing their various benefits.
Plumbing and Gas Lines
Any kitchen island designed to hold a plumbed sink or gas lines for a drop-in range top will require fixed installation. Islands with casters are unsafe to use for these kinds of fixtures since accidental movement could snap the lines and cause water or gas leaks. Fixed designs are also essential for supporting the weight of water-filled sinks.
Rearranging the Room
On the other hand, sticking to a mobile kitchen island allows for rearrangement at any time. Hosting a family gathering often results in an overcrowded kitchen or the need for more surface storage space in the dining room instead. Roll a mobile kitchen island where it’s needed the most or just get it out of the way.
Total Storage Space
Mobile kitchen islands tend to be smaller and offer far less storage space than a fixed unit. Fixed islands also tend to include closed cabinets and shelves rather than just open shelves. If a homeowner needs space to organize extensive dish collections or bulky appliances, a fixed design is likely a better choice.
Adding Home Value
Finally, don’t expect a mobile kitchen island to add much value to a home since its considered a temporary piece of furniture. Fixed kitchen islands are much more likely to add to the bottom line when selling a home in the future, especially if they include features like sinks.
Fixed kitchen islands are the ideal place to add an extra sink and faucet for faster washing up. Pick the matching kitchen island fixtures from the Kingston Brass collection for the right combination of beauty and function.