Islands look fantastic in any kitchen. Not only will they make your kitchen a more sociable space, perfect for entertaining, they will add extra storage and workspace for the family chef. To get the most out of an island in your kitchen, think carefully about the best positioning.
First of all, think about the measurements of your space. Make sure that there is enough clearance space around the entire island to ensure free and safe movement around your kitchen. Also make sure there is enough space to fully open doors, drawers, ovens and dishwashers safely.
Then think about the size of your island. Size is likely to depend on how you want to use your island, for example you may need a bigger space to house an oven than a sink. Alternatively, you may wish to simply use your kitchen island as a space for entertaining guests with a couple of stools placed around, or as a breakfast bar.
You could also think about the option of a kitchen peninsula (meaning 'almost an island') rather than a full island. Peninsulas are a practical option for small kitchen spaces because they take up much less kitchen floor space by being fixed to a wall.
Alternatively, for a more creative take on a kitchen island, a sideboard works wonders. They are also a great option if you have a smaller space and you are worried about an integral island looking too big for your space. You could even push one end of your sideboard against the wall to create a unique peninsula that adds far more character than an extension of your kitchen worktops.
In a reclaimed wood kitchen, the English Beam 2 Door Reclaimed Wood Sideboard would look stunning. Handcrafted in Britain using 100% reclaimed wood, the piece features natural markings to create a warm, charming finish. For a unique contrast, place in a glossy white kitchen for a fantastic statement and to add a touch of history.
The Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Medium Sideboard would make a stunning centrepiece in a contemporary kitchen design. The sideboard is a perfect blend of rustic and contemporary style with the certified recycled wood, sleek lines and minimalist drawer handles.
In a rustic kitchen, an injection of white with your sideboard is fantastic. The Medium Dorset Reclaimed Wood Sideboard is the perfect sideboard for any space. The simple design and distressed base is finished with antique brass handles for a shabby chic look with plenty of character. Pair with other reclaimed pieces for a modern take on rustic style.