13 Ways to Make a Kitchen Island Better

Maybe you’re planning a kitchen for a new home. Or perhaps it’s a remodel to open the kitchen to the adjoining family room. Either way, you are probably thinking about including an island in the layout. Most of my clients do. They want minimal separation between the kitchen and the adjoining room, followed by a workhorse island that is handy, functional, durable, and beautiful all at once. They want an island that serves as home base for multiple kitchen-as-hub activities: food preparation, cooking, homework, cleanup, casual meals, beverages, and socializing. Sound familiar? Here are some tips on how you can get a multitasking island in your kitchen. Look for a more thorough discussion of kitchen island dos and don’ts in Fine Homebuilding’s Kitchens & Baths issue, out later this summer.


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