More often than not two is better than one and what better chance to prove this true than when it comes to kitchen islands? Anyone who has a large kitchen or those who spend a large fraction of their time in the kitchen would definitely appreciate the extra space that comes with a double kitchen island.
Double Kitchen Islands
Many spacious kitchens have two islands. The design can vary, depending on the size and shape of the kitchen. Some common layouts include:
- Two central islands next to each other, identical in shape and size
- Two islands of different shapes and sizes, not adjacent to each other
Double islands only work well in kitchens that have the room—if the kitchen is too small, two islands (even small ones) can cramp the space. Whether you add two islands mainly depends on the shape and size of your kitchen and your lifestyle and needs.
How does your lifestyle come into play? Think about how you use the kitchen.
- Do you cook large meals every night?
- Do you frequently entertain and have guests over?
- Does your kitchen serve purposes other than cooking? For example, is it the place where you help the kids with homework?
- Do you often dine out and just eat a quick breakfast on the go?
Two kitchen islands can be beneficial to all kinds of lifestyles.
Cook large meals a lot? Having two islands can make your life much easier. One island can be used for preparing and cooking the food, while the other one can be the dishwashing station.
Often entertain in your kitchen? You can use one island for food prep, the other for guests to sit, complete with bar stools and a wine fridge. This way, you can cook and socialize at the same time!
Have a multi-purpose kitchen? Whether you help the kids with homework or turn your kitchen into a hobby space when you’re not cooking, double islands can provide a creative solution. One island can be the “kid zone,” where homework can be done, snacks can be enjoyed, etc. Two-tiered islands are helpful if you want to prepare dinner at the same time the kids want to play or do homework. The second island makes for the perfect “hobby” spot.
Don’t use your kitchen much? If you don’t spend much time in the kitchen, double islands can still provide aesthetic value. Plus, you can add barstools to one island and have it serve as a kitchen table, perfect for quick meals on your way out the door. The other island can be the place for the dishes, with a sink and dishwasher.
Whatever you want in your new kitchen design—whether it’s two islands or an oversized one as the central hub—look to the award-winning team at Fratantoni Luxury Estates. We can walk you through your options and help you create the kitchen you’ve always wanted!