Published at Friday, December 01st 2017. by Alexandrin in Kitchen.
Another problem you might face if you buy your kitchen island as a separate unit, and not as part of the overall kitchen, is matching it to your existing cabinets. This might not be as easy as your think, but if you purchase a solid color, such as black, white or red, then you should get away with it. Regarding colors and designs, kitchen islands can be made from a number of different materials. The framework is usually wood, but the main visible surfaces could be metal or even stone - granite is a popular substance used for counter tops. Stainless steel is also good, but try to avoid aluminum if possible, because that is very soft and easily cut and scratched, and the metal oxidizes to a dull finish.
There has always been a clear distinction between kitchen furniture that is basic, cheap and purely functional and that which costs an extortionate amount of money with all the top end design features, superior materials and luxurious trimmings such as marble or granite worktops and state of the art technological innovations including integrated cooker, microwave oven, electro- mechanical waste disposal unit, video/audio systems, online integrated computer station facilities and integrated TV, to mention but a few. In fact, extravagant kitchen furniture is the realm of the very wealthy whose budget can buy the most expensive available whilst we would associate austere furniture with budget kitchens that are functional and of inferior quality comparatively speaking.
There are many more benefits according to how you use this type of kitchen furniture. However, before making the decision to purchase a kitchen island, you have some important factors to take into consideration, not the least of which is space. You need around 3 feet of walking space around the island unit, and you must be sure that the drawers and doors in the cabinets have room to open. If you keep to the 36 inches then you should be OK. The only dimension that must be stated is that of the counter height. Ideally it should be the same as the rest of your kitchen units. If not, then it is not a disaster, but can be disconcerting when you are working on the various surfaces at varying heights.
What technique should you use to choose the best furniture in the kitchen furniture stores? How about testing furniture before you finally buy it? If you are buying some kitchen chairs, sit on them and assess their comfort. Most furniture dealers will allow you to test the furniture to enable you make an informed purchase. You could go for ready made or custom made furniture. The ready made furniture is readily available in the online and onsite stores. The custom made furniture is developed to meet the specifications of the buyer.
Whether or not youve moved into a new home or need some redecorating, you might want to consider purchasing used kitchen furniture instead of buying new ones. Some people find it hard to look for used furniture for the kitchen. However, this task is easy as long as you know the right places where to look. The classified ads are good places to look for used kitchen furniture. Most of the advertisements under this category can be found there. Most of the time, the ad will contain a condition called the "best offer" which means that bidding is allowed. Another good place to look is in furniture stores. There are lots of furniture stores that accept trade-ins for kitchen furniture pieces then they include them in their sale inventory. The kitchen furniture section will be a nice place to start. Sometimes, these stores aim to have a quick turn-around on used furniture pieces so do not be surprised when they accept an offer that is less than the offered price.
Kitchen islands can also be considered in the class of furniture because many people use the island to double as a breakfast bar. If you have the opportunity to design your island, then try to get the counter top to extend out farther than the cabinet underneath so the counter is comfortable to sit at. In addition, try to have the outer edge of the counter sit higher than the rest of the island surface. This is to make sure that there is no cross contamination between prepared and unprepared foods. The seating at a breakfast bar will most likely be stools. Stools with backs are more comfortable, but heavier so you need to weigh those options before selecting. Another helpful hint is to make sure there is enough room between the top of the stool seat and the bottom of the counter so that people are not squished in between.