The role of the kitchen in the family home has changed over the years. It used to be that anyone who had the room would likely prefer a dining room table over more counterspace. Today this is not as true as it once was. Whether it’s because of the increase in countertop options that make islands look more beautiful than ever before, or the increase in kitchen appliances and gadgets that lead people to need more counterspace – or something else entirely – today we meet clients all the time who are considering dropping their kitchen table and installing an island.
This may make sense for your family and your home but it may not. Today we are offering a series of questions you can ask yourself and your family to help find out for sure if you can benefit from getting rid of your table and adding an island. Once you’ve made up your mind, or if you need additional help, you can contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for all the quality products you need.
First and foremost, just be honest: How often do you use your kitchen table? If it has turned into a spot to drop your keys when you walk in the house but is otherwise not generally in use, then it is likely time to say goodbye. There are many groups of people we see using their kitchen tables less infrequently, including those who eat out most meals, are empty nesters with no children at home, or those who have a separate dining room.
Even if you do use your kitchen table on a regular basis, this does not meant that you should necessarily stick with it. In some cases, a kitchen island can be just as comfortable to sit around – if not more so – than a dining room table. You will need to think critically about the layout of your kitchen and the space you have to add an island. Will the shape and size of that island allow it to be used as well as your kitchen table is used?
For some people, the kitchen island is a line between the part of their kitchen where they eat and the part of their kitchen where they work. Turning it into a table can make these people feel that they are working in their eating zone or eating in their work zone. It can make meal times and prep times both less enjoyable.
After considering these questions, have you decided whether or not to replace your kitchen table with an island? At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are happy to use our many years of design experience to help you make the right choices for your home. Contact us at 626-799-3503 or stop by to see us in person.