Iwona Danika. Kitchen Appliances. May 08th , 2017.
Adding additional storage space and seating to your kitchen are essential, particularly in a smaller kitchen. Many homeowners choose a kitchen island or a breakfast bar to accomplish this goal. However, when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, how do you know what’s going to work best for you? In order to make this decision, it’s best to learn about both and figure out what’s going to meet your needs, whether it’s a kitchen island, a breakfast bar, or both.
A Kitchen Island
A kitchen island is often seen as an extension of your countertops. Many times, people crowd their countertops with appliances, dishes, utensils, and more, leaving little room to prepare food. This is where a kitchen island comes in. It creates additional countertop space with vital storage underneath.
In most instances the kitchen island is a permanent fixture, and has the same countertop material that you have chosen for your other countertops, which most homeowners choose granite countertops. In addition, when a permanent fixture is chosen, you can choose to have additional features, such as a food prep sink, which is great for washing vegetables and then chopping them on the countertop.
There are some people, however, that choose to have a mobile kitchen island. This is great in smaller kitchens, where you only need the additional counter space from time to time. This style of kitchen island is usually set on castors to make moving easier, and they do not contain a sink or electrical outlets, as they are not wired or plumbed into the kitchen.
A Breakfast Bar
A breakfast bar is similar to a kitchen island, expect that it’s main purpose is to provide additional seating within the kitchen. This space is most often used for breakfast meals, as they are the least formal. In addition, breakfast bars provide a great space for kids to do their homework, or you to work on paying bills or other small projects. A breakfast bar is usually created out of countertop material that overhangs one of your cabinets, creating a place for stools to fit underneath. Essentially, a breakfast bar is additional countertop space and a table all in one.
Breakfast bars are great for households that are particularly busy. The meals can be made in the kitchen and then transferred to the breakfast bar to eat, without all the fuss and muss of setting the dining room table. However, there’s more to a breakfast bar than functionality, and can serve as great design element in your kitchen.
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