Guide to 6 Kitchen Island Styles


1. L-Shaped

L-shaped islands tend to be large with correspondingly generous storage. Their sprawling design ensures that workspace isn’t crowded, a huge perk for households with avid chefs or more than one cook. You won’t have an issue finding room for bar-style seating.







2. Galley

Galley islands ensure that your space has flow and remains efficient with their streamlined design. They usually maximize storage space because there aren’t any corners or curves. Appliances and stored items are always accessible. The design also favors bar-style seating.







3. Circular or Curved

Circular and curved islands add an interesting visual dynamic to kitchens. They’re a go-to option if you don’t want a run-of-the-mill island design. There’s more than enough room to operate during meal prep. Circular designs can incorporate expansive seating areas that leave enough room for four-plus guests to eat and socialize comfortably.






4. Furniture-Style

Whether custom-built, an age-old heirloom, or store-bought, a furniture piece adds character to your kitchen. It's one way to put your personal touch on your space and make it your own. The furniture's detail and decorative nature will catch guests' eye. These pieces usually aren't bulky and fit seamlessly within your kitchen. Open-style designs can create fine displays for your decor.





5. U-Shaped

Both highly functional and spacious, U-shaped islands are perhaps the largest and most accommodating. Extra storage space? Check. More workspace? You got it. Room for seating? There’s even that too. They can house more than one appliance if they’re big enough. You may not have to leave your island when you’re prepping food.






6. Rolling

Rolling islands are the crème de la crème in versatility. A godsend for smaller kitchens that lack adequate prep space, they can function as a worktop, food tray, or a spare surface to place your ingredients. Depending on their size, they’re easy to stow and move. Best of all, they’re extremely affordable compared with cabinetry.



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