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The success and popularity of kitchen islands

Islands have become the preferred choice for all those who wish to give their kitchens a total makeover, provided there is enough space in the room for this addition. Probably the main reasons that have led to this preference are due to the professional appearance that these islands provide for food preparation and at the same time, they are somewhere a family can get together for lunch.

A kitchen island, in general, can be defined as a central module that is placed in the middle of the kitchen and has lower cabinets and drawers for storage, hob, sink or anything else you want. These islands also stand out as being extremely versatile as they are used for cooking, eating, and socialising with friends. 

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Islands also work well in traditional kitchens. As the kitchen is the nerve centre of a home, the island opens up the space and creates a multi-functional environment in which you can spend a good deal of your day doing more than just preparing meals.

Stools, bar counters, benches, seats or any other piece of furniture you can think of can also be part of the kitchen island. These islands are also shown to facilitate easy movement inside the room, especially if you opt for a free-standing island, which allows flexibility in room arrangement. 

An island that has a cooker, sink, and countertop must be at least 250 to 270 square centimetres wide. In addition, you must leave space of at least 90 centimetres with a worktop attached to the walls in order to facilitate enough space. That is why these islands are not recommended for small kitchens, even though it is true that when you only want them to serve as a place to eat, you can significantly reduce their size, which makes them less viable for large spaces.

Meanwhile, in response to the decorative trends in kitchens that are currently in demand, stainless steel has become a popular material in the design of kitchen islands. In addition, this material also offers excellent performance in terms of being fire resistant and offering better hygiene as its maintenance is very simple. Wood and concrete are also gaining popularity. The same goes with glass.

Undoubtedly, the combination of aesthetic and functional factors have ensured that, when property buyers picture their ideal kitchen, they almost always think of an island.

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