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.
We remember the retro styles of the sixties, the cupboards with their formica/ melamine finish and doors with translucent glass centres. They were sparse in comparison to the average kitchen furniture of today and had little if any integrated appliances. They were however functional as regards providing food storage space and work top area and represented satisfaction in meeting the requirements of the average family. Strangely we see similar shape kitchens in minimalist styles today with smaller eye level cupboards and base units finished in glossy paint colours. The worktops are however can be in granite or marble and the kitchens themselves can be extremely expensive as they are now the cutting edge of latest kitchen designs and represent innovation. These kitchens are at the top end of the market as regards kitchen furniture and bear only a fleeting similarity to its predecessors of some fifty years ago.
If you need a power supply for appliances, you can run it up through a pipe or conduit up to the ceiling, or even better, run a line below the floorboards up into the kitchen island. Make sure your installation conforms to local and national regulations. You are advised to employ a qualified electrician to do this. Many islands are fitted with burners and sinks with a hot and cold water supply, but this is not essential if you already have a traditional sink and stove. There are many different designs of pot hooks or racks that can be used on or above your island. Many people fit hooks to the ceiling to hold cooking pans of different types, but that will depend on the height of your ceiling.
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