Kitchens are the heart of a home, which is why, according to a report by Houzz, they are both the most popular interior room to be upgraded and the room that administered the highest spend at £12,000. The kitchen is so much more than somewhere to simply cook food; it also functions as a caucus place, workstation, and entertaining space. Many people don’t realise how important kitchen design is until they start hosting dinner parties on a regular basis.
The design of a kitchen is a contemplation of the personality and lifestyle of its owner. There are many different styles and designs, but one addition that is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners of both modern and traditional properties is a well-placed kitchen island. So why is the kitchen island so popular in today’s kitchens? What makes it so special? Keep reading to learn more about the kitchen island unit and how to make the most of it.
What is a Kitchen Island?
Kitchen islands are freestanding cabinet units placed in the centre of the kitchen. They can be made from granite, wood, concrete, or any other lasting and attractive material. The main reason to have a kitchen island is to make more capable use of the space by creating more work and storage space. The unit creates an additional work surface area where items placed on it can be easily accessed while cooking or cleaning.
Many people also choose to use an island as a “workstation” where children can do their homework and read while you are cooking dinner or doing other household chores. A kitchen island can also serve as extra seating when entertaining if you have stools included in your island design.
The Increase in Popularity of the Kitchen Island
The popularity of kitchen islands has increased a lot in the last decade. According to the 2022 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, more than half of renovating homeowners (57%) either upgrade or add an island.
Islands make your kitchen more functional and capable as well as aesthetically appealing, so it’s no wonder that so many people choose to add or update them when renovating a kitchen.
Furthermore, kitchen islands are getting longer. Nearly two in five islands are more than seven feet long, a
significant increase from 2021. This could be due to the fact that we saw so many lifestyle changes due to the pandemic.