Increase your island’s functionality by making it multi-level

Considering their popularity and prevalence in today’s homes, it comes as no surprise that kitchen islands are a “must have” kitchen feature for a majority of homeowners. Kitchen islands add functionality by providing additional dining space, more storage and an entirely new area with which to prepare food. They also add to a kitchen’s form, giving a space a central focal point and adding character to a design scheme.

If you can believe it however, there is yet another way to add even more value to this dynamic kitchen feature: make it a multi-tiered kitchen island! By including 2 or more height levels, the multi-tiered kitchen island is all about increasing and customising functionality. Here are some tips for creating the right multi-tiered kitchen island for you:

Kitchen islands add functionality by providing additional dining space which can be done with additional seating. (c) leicht.com

Kitchen islands add functionality by providing additional dining space which can be done with additional seating. (c) leicht.com

Aim high for extra social seating
The kitchen island has long been a hotspot for kitchen socialising, so optimise it further by increasing its height to accommodate high stools, or bar chairs. Whether you’re chatting with your child after school, or cooking for a crowd, a kitchen island with extra seating inspires quality hangout time.

 

Hickory floors are beautiful, but are at odds in a Scandinavian mid-century modern kitchen. (c) nakedkitchens.com

Extra social settings are essential to the layout of a social kitchen. (c) nakedkitchens.com

Modify a space to mid-height for maximum operability
A kitchen layout designed without streamlined cooking in mind is a décor disaster. That’s why more kitchen islands are going multi-level to incorporate major appliances. Sinks and hobs, and even ovens and warming drawers are being included in kitchen islands. If you want to include a hob or sink in your island, or are planning on using the kitchen island for the majority of your food preparation, consider adding a level that is worktop height for optimum ergonomics.

To accommodate a dining space in your kitchen island, simply include a lower portion that is at the height of a typical dining table (about 90 cm high). (c) leicht.com

To accommodate a dining space in your kitchen island, simply include a lower portion that is at the height of a typical dining table (about 90 cm high). (c) leicht.com

Get down with a new take on a traditional dining space
Kitchens that are low on space benefit greatly from an island, because they can handle storage, cooking and dining needs all in one convenient location. However, if you are seriously strapped for space, and searching for a dining alternative to a traditional table and chairs, then look no further than your kitchen island. To accommodate a dining space in your kitchen island, simply include a lower portion that is at the height of a typical dining table (about 90 cm high). If made with wood, like pine, or butcher’s block, the tradition-level is further enhanced. To give the space an edge, wrap it around one long end and one short end of the island.

Island living has never looked so good!