Kitchen island benches are very common. Sometimes they’re very practical. Sometimes they’re not. The question is, are you going to invest in one, or leave it out of the plan?
There’s no doubt about it, there are fors and againsts for island benches. The range of island bench designs is huge, and in some situations, they add real value, while in other kitchens they’re nothing short of a nuisance.
Probably one of the biggest factors in your decision is the floor space of your kitchen area. Here are some factors to think about if you’re leaning towards installing an island bench.
- An island bench can add a real statement and really take your kitchen up a level, provided you have space. Your kitchen must be functional and if it’s going to restrict walking area and make it difficult to move around freely, maybe it’s better left out. After all, this is arguably the most important room in the house, so it has to be practical, safe and easy to work in.
- If space permits, an island bench can be a huge asset. It provides you with extra bench area, more cabinetry and maybe an eating area which you wouldn’t have otherwise. Consider what you will use your island bench for. Maybe you can add an extra sink for food prep, a dishwasher, bar fridge or simply extra storage.
- If your kitchen space is limited, but you really need the extra storage and bench space, consider a rolling island bench, i.e. one on wheels. This gives you the advantage of the extra capacity, with the convenience of storing it out of the way when it’s not in use.
- Admittedly, an island bench will add to the overall cost of the kitchen. However, you need to weigh up whether the extra space is worth the extra dollars. While it may stretch the budget a little, the benefits may well outweigh the extra cost.
- If yours is a household with children, an island bench is a perfect solution for them. Whether they’re watching or helping you prepare the meal, doing their homework or simply chatting while you work, it’s a place they can sit and be included in what’s going on.
There are no rules when it comes to island bench designs – they can be customized to suit your personal needs. Whether it’s open shelving, drawers or cupboards (or a mix of all three), it can be built to your taste and budget. Island benches commonly include wine racks and bookshelves too. Some are built using the same cabinetry as the kitchen, while others are designed and built to create a real centerpiece.
The team at Wonderful Kitchens knows all the pros and cons of island benches and we’re only too willing to help you create the perfect kitchen for your needs. We understand what makes a kitchen practical and beautiful, and know how to perfectly balance the two. Call us today on 02 9772 2988 and talk to one of our professional team.