Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space (Part 1): The Kitchen Island | Minneapolis Kitchen Remodeler

An asset to any home, kitchen islands bring both practical and aesthetic value to a kitchen. Ranging from elaborate built-in islands that seamlessly blend with the rest of the kitchen to eclectic kitchen carts or innovative storage solutions, we offer three reasons why every kitchen, big or small, should consider adding an island:
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1. Storage
The extra cabinets and drawers found in a kitchen island are a welcome addition to almost any kitchen.  Innovative pull-out cabinetry has made storage better than ever, and now kitchen islands can be home to other creative storage capabilities, including food warming drawers and microwave nooks.  Whether you need a hidden play area for your kid or a spot to tuck those extra folding chairs, check out the amazing kitchen island storage touches shown here from Better Homes & Gardens.
2. Surface Space
Not enough room to store the coffee pot, never mind chop up vegetables for dinner?  Even the smallest of kitchen islands can add valuable countertop space, sure to save the day whether you’re expecting company or just prepping dinner for the family.  Islands also make great places to set the laptop, spread out those recipes, or add a homework area for the kids, not to mention an extra eating surface, complete with cute bar stools.  Though a stainless steel cart or a butcher block topped table can both make creative kitchen island surfaces, if you’re looking for more of a mainstream choice, check out the article from houzz here, comparing the pros and cons of countertop options.
3. Style
The kitchen has become a center of activity in most American homes, so in addition to desiring a well-designed practical space, homeowners generally want an aesthetically attractive one as well.  Kitchen islands give you the opportunity to add a design element to your home, including unique placement for hanging drop-down lighting, pulling up bright colored seating, or just setting out decorative elements like a bowl of fruit.  Even adding a non-traditional island, such as a kitchen cart or tall table, can make a great design element while offering practicality.  Peak at some fun ideas for small-space kitchen islands featured by Better Homes & Gardens here.
Ready for more ideas?  Check out this collection of 20 different kitchen islands, sure to inspire the right fit for a kitchen island in your home.
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