A central island: we let ourselves be tempted or not?
In recent years, the kitchen with central island is a strong trend. Past the fashion effect, this development has many advantages. With its worktop and storage space, it completes the layout of the kitchen and offers more space. Lapeyre imagine a nice and friendly island that allows you to cook for several, to share all the stages of preparation of meals. It is also known to streamline the circulation in the kitchen. And if the island had only advantages? Answers with all the points to watch before starting.
With a great craze, the central island seduces everyone, regardless of age, budget and location. In a small apartment, it can be chosen to open the space and provide additional storage. In a family, the islet has the advantage of creating a dining area for breakfast, for example, and to have a shared living space. Many assets provided you take into account a sometimes complex development and a slightly higher budget.
A kitchen island for extra storage space
Extra element in a kitchen, an island is the opportunity to bring other storage. With its central place, it is conducive to storing all that is useful in everyday life. Plates, pans or a portion of the grocery store. The island is also convenient to hide things like a microwave. Note that it is advisable to place the storage on the side of the kitchen to leave, on the other side, the visible part free. You can incorporate niches for cookbooks or decorative kitchen accessories.
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Space saving with a central island
With a more or less generous format, the island adds a part of the work plan for the preparation of meals. When dedicated to cooking or with a water point, it frees up space for the rest of the kitchen. In all cases, it is advisable to limit the objects on the central island to ensure optimal use.
Kitchen island requires a little space
Contrary to popular belief, the central island is not suitable for all kitchens. It requires at least 15 m2 area to have a practical room and 20 m2 to be a little more comfortable. As there is a lot going on in the kitchen and we often have our arms loaded, a space around the island is necessary. For a passage between two people, count about 100/120 cm and about 80/100 cm to be able to handle the appliances without being disturbed by the island. Note that the more complex the island layout, the greater the space required.
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The central island, a deco asset in the kitchen
In color, wood or stainless steel, Lapeyre imagine many finishes for a central island that dresses according to the desires. In continuity with the rest of the kitchen or breaking in order to be sublimated, it always adds cachet to the room. The islet is also connoted to a notion of pleasure. We like the idea of personalizing it by sliding in niches or shelves with some singular objects, beautiful cookbooks or even its most beautiful cups.
Many possible configurations for the central island
With a minimum dimension of 1 m by 60 cm, the central island can be rectangular, square and even drawn in an original form. It adapts to the desires but especially to the constraints of the kitchen and the expectations of each one. It can also display several heights to structure different spaces such as a preparation area and a dining area. If there are many possible configurations, the central island must always be proportionate to the size of the kitchen to be harmonious.
A development with a sometimes complex island
Complete layout, Lapeyre think some islets with storage space, a dining area, a water point or a cooking pole. It requires a little thought before being installed. Including a cooking pole requires a solution for odors, a recurring problem in open kitchens. If there is no window nearby, an extractor hood is to be expected. In order to install a water point, it is better to anticipate work upstream, before the implementation of the kitchen. In this case, a drainage and a sufficient slope are essential.
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A dining area in the kitchen thanks to the central island
A coffee in the morning or a quick lunch, the central island is often a space dedicated to meals. With a height part, bar style, it is also appreciated for its convivial character. We prefer to place the dining area back to the furniture of the kitchen to have a more pleasant view.
The central island delimits the space without partitioning it
Without imposing itself, the central island structures the space with subtlety. Between the kitchen area and another living room, its presence marks a separation. On one side the preparation, on the other a relaxation zone or tasting. The islet also has the advantage of not enclosing the kitchen. If it can have the same role as a partition, it lets all the light through and preserves an open space.
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The central island: a budget to take into account
Depending on the layout and the equipment, the central island can represent a more or less important part of the kitchen budget. From 500 euros for the simplest models, prices rise when the island is completed by a water point or cooking. Facilities that also involve work, more or less expensive.