Drooling over those cool kitchen gadgets at the House of Fraser is not going to do you any good if you have nowhere to put them. Unless you are a very new homeowner working with a bare kitchen, chances are you already have too much stuff in kitchen. You either get rid of some of your stuff to make room for the new ones you are getting (for yourself) for Christmas or whatever, or you somehow find extra storage or counter space in which to put them. You should really consider a kitchen island. Here are the benefits.
The most obvious benefit is added storage. Depending on the kitchen island you choose (or have built), you will get quite a few more drawers, shelves and cabinets to put in your kitchen knickknacks. You will not have to knock down any walls or any work done in your kitchen at all. It is stand-alone, and some models are even mobile.
Another benefit of a kitchen island is the added workspace and prep area. Most ready-made kitchen islands have a flat surface usually made of wood or tiles. You can also choose one with a natural stone top, or you can add it on later to use to make pastries. Marble and granite are your best choices for an awesome added countertop if you have a bit of a budget. Just choose one that will go with the general look of your kitchen.
You can use your kitchen island for other things as well. You can let your kids do their homework there so you can multitask. You can use it as a breakfast table for easy cleanup in the mornings. When you have guests over, it serves as a great bar or extra seating. You can even use it to do your accounts or as your workspace when nothing else is going on.
A kitchen island can become the centrepiece of your kitchen. If you choose well, it can lend character to an otherwise ordinary kitchen. It is easiest and best addition you can make in your kitchen.