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Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island is a standalone piece of cabinetry, usually placed in the middle of a kitchen space, which provides an additional countertop to work with. Kitchen islands, of late have made themselves quite indispensable in modern kitchens, and apart from just providing an extended countertop and adding to the aesthetics of the kitchen, also perform many critical functions.

What Are The Various Kinds Of Kitchen Islands Available?

Let’s have a look at the various styles of kitchen island options available today.

A Kitchen Island Table

This is one of the simplest forms of a kitchen island and is just a table with four legs and a working area on top. It is positioned in the kitchen where a kitchen island is. But to be honest, it’s more a table used for prepping food than a real kitchen island.

One of its biggest positives happens to be that it is easy to install (or bring in) and easy to remove if you aren’t happy with it.

A Rolling-Cart Style Kitchen Island

A rolling-cart style kitchen island is a portable prep area that gives you an extended working space in the kitchen. Ideal for small kitchens, these carts aren’t very expensive and quite easy to move in and out

A Small, Fixed Kitchen Island

These compact kitchen islands are different from the rolling cart variety as they do not have wheels on them and are more or less fixed. They look a lot like ‘real’ kitchen islands. They are usually the height of your kitchen countertop and just right for prepping food. They are usually 4 feet long. Function-wise they look aesthetically pleasing on the eyes and are way better than rolling carts that have a way of sliding away when you’re in the middle of chopping your veggies

A Kitchen Island With A Base Cabinet And A Countertop

This is a kitchen island that is designed as a base cabinet with a countertop placed above it. This is a more permanent kitchen island than the ones that we’ve spoken about so far.

A Fully Functional Kitchen Island

This fully functional and versatile kitchen island does everything that the main kitchen counter can do. It gives you not just ample additional countertop to work with, but also has a built-in sink, (with a drainage system) lights and many a times, even a fully functioning stove.

These kitchen islands can also be designed to have shelving space on their sides for aesthetic or functional reasons.

A Kitchen Island-Cum-Breakfast Counter

This is a kitchen island that serves two important functions at the same time. While it serves as a fully functional countertop with or without the sink or the stove, it also has a separate area, that serves as a breakfast nook, which is sometimes at a relatively lower level with bar stools lined up on the side, for times when people want to grab a quick bite right in the kitchen. Owing to its functionality this kitchen island tends to be one of the most popular choices amongst all the ones that we’ve spoken about here.

Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island is a standalone piece of cabinetry, usually placed in the middle of a kitchen space, which provides an additional countertop to work with. Kitchen islands, of late have made themselves...

Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island is a standalone piece of cabinetry, usually placed in the middle of a kitchen space, which provides an additional countertop to work with. Kitchen islands, of late have made themselves quite indispensable in modern kitchens, and apart from just providing an extended countertop and adding to the aesthetics of the kitchen, also perform many critical functions.

What Are The Various Kinds Of Kitchen Islands Available?

Let’s have a look at the various styles of kitchen island options available today.

A Kitchen Island Table

This is one of the simplest forms of a kitchen island and is just a table with four legs and a working area on top. It is positioned in the kitchen where a kitchen island is. But to be honest, it’s more a table used for prepping food than a real kitchen island. One of its biggest positives happens to be that it is easy to install (or bring in) and easy to remove if you aren’t happy with it.

A Rolling-Cart Style Kitchen Island

A rolling-cart style kitchen island is a portable prep area that gives you an extended working space in the kitchen. Ideal for small kitchens, these carts aren’t very expensive and quite easy to move in and out

A Small, Fixed Kitchen Island

These compact kitchen islands are different from the rolling cart variety as they do not have wheels on them and are more or less fixed. They look a lot like ‘real’ kitchen islands. They are usually the height of your kitchen countertop and just right for prepping food. They are usually 4 feet long. Function-wise they look aesthetically pleasing on the eyes and are way better than rolling carts that have a way of sliding away when you’re in the middle of chopping your veggies

A Kitchen Island With A Base Cabinet And A Countertop

This is a kitchen island that is designed as a base cabinet with a countertop placed above it. This is a more permanent kitchen island than the ones that we’ve spoken about so far.

A Fully Functional Kitchen Island

This fully functional and versatile kitchen island does everything that the main kitchen counter can do. It gives you not just ample additional countertop to work with, but also has a built-in sink, (with a drainage system) lights and many a times, even a fully functioning stove. These kitchen islands can also be designed to have shelving space on their sides for aesthetic or functional reasons.

A Kitchen Island-Cum-Breakfast Counter

This is a kitchen island that serves two important functions at the same time. While it serves as a fully functional countertop with or without the sink or the stove, it also has a separate area, that serves as a breakfast nook, which is sometimes at a relatively lower level with bar stools lined up on the side, for times when people want to grab a quick bite right in the kitchen. Owing to its functionality this kitchen island tends to be one of the most popular choices amongst all the ones that we’ve spoken about here.

Acrylic
HPL
Membrane
Polymer
MARINE PLY
HDF High Density Fiberboard HMR
Particle Board
MDF - Medium Density Fibre (MDF) Board
BWP - Boiling Waterproof Plywood(BWP)

Marine Ply
Marine plywood is a waterproof plywood in which strong face and core veneers are glued together using a waterproof adhesive, ensuring that there are minimal voids in the material so that it is able to perform well in humid conditions resisting delamination or fungal infestation. This makes it a popular choice in areas where water exposure is expected like kitchens and bathrooms in homes, factories and the shipping industry.

Particle Board
This type of board is made from wood chips compressed and glued together as sheets. Its low density and weight make it ideal for tall panels for wardrobe doors even over 9 feet. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is used by many globally reputed furniture brands. It is a great low-cost option when compared with other boards with its only drawback being that it can't stand exposure to moisture, which restricts its use to areas which aren't exposed to water.

Medium Density Fiber (MDF) Board
MDF is an engineered wood made from real wood remnants broken down into wood fibers which are then compressed under high temperatures and pressure and glued together using a special resin. It is available in a wide variety of textures and colors and has a smooth surface that makes it ideal for painting. It is also a cheaper than plywood.

High Density Fiberboard (HDF) Board
HDF is a homogeneous fiberboard with a smooth surface, and is made from fine, highly compressed wood fiber. It is much stronger than MDF and particle boards and can be cut, drilled and even painted due to its flat surface.

Boiling Waterproof Plywood (BWP)
BWP is a highly durable plywood that can withstand exposure to water and high temperatures and is also resistant to borers and termites. All these qualities make it an even better choice than solid wood.
Acrylic
HPL
Membrane
Polymer
MARINE PLY | HDF High Density Fiberboard HMR | Particle Board | MDF - Medium Density Fibre (MDF) Board | BWP - Boiling Waterproof Plywood(BWP)

Marine Ply
Marine plywood is a waterproof plywood in which strong face and core veneers are glued together using a waterproof adhesive, ensuring that there are minimal voids in the material so that it is able to perform well in humid conditions resisting delamination or fungal infestation. This makes it a popular choice in areas where water exposure is expected like kitchens and bathrooms in homes, factories and the shipping industry.

Particle Board
This type of board is made from wood chips compressed and glued together as sheets. Its low density and weight make it ideal for tall panels for wardrobe doors even over 9 feet. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is used by many globally reputed furniture brands. It is a great low-cost option when compared with other boards with its only drawback being that it can't stand exposure to moisture, which restricts its use to areas which aren't exposed to water.

Medium Density Fiber (MDF) Board
MDF is an engineered wood made from real wood remnants broken down into wood fibers which are then compressed under high temperatures and pressure and glued together using a special resin. It is available in a wide variety of textures and colors and has a smooth surface that makes it ideal for painting. It is also a cheaper than plywood.

High Density Fiberboard (HDF) Board
HDF is a homogeneous fiberboard with a smooth surface, and is made from fine, highly compressed wood fiber. It is much stronger than MDF and particle boards and can be cut, drilled and even painted due to its flat surface.

Boiling Waterproof Plywood (BWP)
BWP is a highly durable plywood that can withstand exposure to water and high temperatures and is also resistant to borers and termites. All these qualities make it an even better choice than solid wood.
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