Choosing the Right Kitchen Island for Your Raleigh Home
Did you know that your Raleigh home has a heart? It is the kitchen, where some of the most heartfelt activities take place. There, you prepare food, have deep conversations, feed your pets and pack lunches for your children. You have a lot going on in this limited space. This is why you need great organization there to keep everything you need within reach and neatly tucked away, at the same time. You need a great kitchen island.
Below are some tips from Capital Bargain Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina for finding your ultimate kitchen island (and maybe some coordinating counter stools).
Map Your Kitchen Traffic
When buying a kitchen island, the last thing you want to do is to restrict your ability to move well around the room. For this reason, you should leave between 36 and 48 inches of space around your new work surface for foot traffic. Measure the floor space before buying, to ensure a great fit. You may need to invest in a small kitchen island. But even small ones can improve organization and workflow a lot.
Consider the Trend
Having a central kitchen island is a big trend among home builders, renters and buyers. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 76 percent of buyers put strong emphasis on an island as essential. If your home does not already have this feature built-in, you can add one.
At Capital Bargain Barn, we have a constantly updating selection of kitchen islands, small islands, dining room tables, and butcher block islands. We also sell counter stools perfectly suited for adding seating and more conversation to your kitchen.
For every 24 inches of width, you can comfortably seat one person at your new kitchen island. This makes an island a great informal dining space. Having counter stools at the island also makes food prep more comfortable than standing for long periods of time.
Look for Functionality
Consider your kitchen use and what purpose you want a kitchen island to serve, before making your purchase. Are you looking for extra storage? Do you need a work space? Do you enjoy baking? The answers to these questions can help define your island’s use of shelves, drawers, wheels and surface. It can help you decide between a standard kitchen island, a small kitchen island on wheels or a butcher block kitchen island, as examples.
Kitchen islands with open shelves provide greater versatility than those only featuring cabinet doors or drawers. You can use open shelves to easily organize your cookware, store dry goods or display cookbooks. You can more easily find what you are looking for and reduce stooping and rifling through dark spaces.
Think About Butcher Block Kitchen Islands
If you need space to chop fruits and vegetables or roll out dough, a butcher block kitchen island makes a great choice. Think utility when adding this new surface to the heart of your Raleigh home.
Calculate Seating Height
If you want to add counter stools, bar stools or chairs to your kitchen island, ensure you choose the right size. Chairs work best for kitchen islands 28 to 30 inches in height. Choose a low stool for a 36-inch counter. A bar stool suits a 42- to 48-inch counter best.
When you shop for your new kitchen island at Capital Bargain Barn, you can find the perfect island seating on-the-spot.
Center Is Not Always Best
Not all kitchen islands must fit in the center of your room. You can also choose to position your new surface closer to outlets or major appliances. Sometimes against a wall fits your style, purpose and space better.
Capital Bargain Barn Offers a Wide Selection of Kitchen Islands and Seating
If you have your heart set on a new kitchen island, visit Capital Bargain Barn in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more than 20 years, we have provided local residents with a broad selection of household furnishings and décor. Today, we proudly offer new furnishings, kitchen islands, bar stools, counter chairs, dining tables and other items in addition to estate finds and antiques. Visit us near the State Fairgrounds and Raleigh Flea Market at 5211 Hillsborough Street.