Fabric gets loose, and light colored chairs stain easily. Thats a blemish that wont be easy to get rid of, though it will stick out like a sore thumb in an otherwise immaculate kitchen. Consider putting an island in the middle of the kitchen. This creates visual interest and expands the work space considerably. If designing from scratch, consider locating the stove, oven, and sink in the island. This is a somewhat radical departure from the ubiquitous design of traditional kitchens that puts the stove up against the wall. It is also quite functional, allowing the cook to look out into the room as opposed to gazing at the wall.
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.
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