Creating the Perfect Kitchen Island

A kitchen island truly makes the most of your cooking area. An island adds shelf space and storage while improving the overall efficiency of your kitchen. You can also match the color of your island with your cabinetry already in place. Woodcraft Furniture discusses how to select the perfect kitchen island for your home.

Measure First

The first consideration for a kitchen island is how much space you have in the room. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least 42 inches of space for a work aisle in the kitchen, or 48 inches if you have more than one person cooking at a time. Measure 42 inches out from your existing countertops to get an idea of where your kitchen island sits. The island should also be as tall as your counters, or about 36 inches high. Make sure to match the counter of the island with your current countertops.

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Add Utilities

Perhaps you want full-service kitchen island that includes a sink for washing/prepping food or a stovetop for cooking. This type of island requires extra space. You must allow for utilities coming out of the floor for water, electricity, or gas. Leave enough counter space around the sink or stove to put your food prep containers, plates, and cookware.

Store More

One beauty of a kitchen island is the added storage just like your cabinets. Include plenty of underneath storage, think of cabinets and drawers, to store utensils, cookware, small appliances, and other tools you want to keep nearby. Some islands have small refrigerators for storing cold drinks or wine bottles.

To Wheel or Not to Wheel  

A kitchen island with caster wheels gets you mobile. Have a handle on one side for easy gripping as you wheel it along. Move the island back and forth to your formal dining room, living room, or patio to serve food to guests. A wheeled kitchen island is ideal for entertaining people regularly. Leave plenty of space to move the island down a hallway or through a doorway, so this kind of island should probably be narrower than most. Consider a fold-out section that expands your serving space out to one side or two, just like a folding table.

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Provide Stools or Chairs

Your kitchen island may double as a stand-alone bar, depending on your kitchen’s configuration. Think about fitting two stools on one end of the island if you have space. This makes serving food or snacks easier, or it gives your family a chance to sit and relax after a long day while grabbing a quick bite.

Match the Color with Woodcraft Furniture

Woodcraft Furniture lets you match the color of your kitchen island with your existing cabinetry. We have more than 100 stains, glazes, paints, and distressing to achieve whatever effect you want. Contact us today or drop by one of our five stores to talk to one of our experts about what we can do for you.  

Kitchen Organization

Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen

Since the kitchen is usually the most used room in the house, it can be one of the most challenging areas to keep organized, and that can make meal prep a hassle. A pantry from Woodcraft Furniture and a few hours of effort can transform your cluttered kitchen into an example of culinary efficiency.

Five Ways to Maximize Your Pantry Space

Pantries are basically the kitchen’s closets and are filled with items used on a daily basis. Keep your pantry cabinet from becoming a disordered mess and make grocery shopping and meal prep easier by following an organizational plan.

1.Use Bulk Storage Containers and Face Labels Out

Instead of hunting through cardboard boxes, transfer ingredients and snacks into clear canisters. Move dry goods into tall, clear, skinny containers to save space. Transfer items like granola bars and wrapped crackers into labeled bins. Stack similar items on top of each other and be sure to face all of their labels out.

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2. Utilize Pantry Organizers

You can save space and increase the visibility of your pantry shelves with shelf organizers. Wicker baskets will create a unified clean space and are sturdy enough to keep bottles and packages upright. Since you don’t use cake stands very often, you can use them as two-tiered storage. Small items can sit on top and underneath.

3. Smartly Stash Leftover Containers

Instead of cramming storage containers into drawers or cabinets, separate the containers and lids into different baskets. First, pair up all your containers with lids. Throw away anything that doesn’t have a match. Separating out tops from bottoms allows for more compact storage, and baskets ensure nothing gets lost. When it’s time to load up your leftovers, you can grab both baskets and easily find what you need.

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4. Sort by Category

Gathering similar items guarantees you’ll be able to find what you need when preparing a meal. Start with some basic groups like breakfast, snacks, baking, and grains. Group similar items and flavors together. It’s an easy way to go to the pantry and grab what you need for an entire meal without digging through assorted shelves looking for that last ingredient that seems to be hiding from you.

5. Give Each Place a Purpose to Maximize Efficiency

Designate a specific spot for the items you buy most so there’s no question where things go when it’s time to unload your groceries. This will also help you to do a quick inventory before your next shopping trip so you can avoid unintentionally buying multiples of the same thing. When straightening your goods, make a list of meals that can be made from the supplies in your pantry. This will come in handy when you want to make something quick and easy.

Get Your Pantry at Woodcraft Furniture

The first step toward your kitchen organization is getting a well-built pantry from Woodcraft Furniture. We are able to offer a wide variety of kitchen pantries because we work with over a dozen regional wood shops that use domestic hardwoods to create unique woodcraft furniture. Come by one of our locations to see what we offer or go online to view your choices.