What is the central island of a kitchen

There kitchen with island it consists essentially of a block of different composition including base and upper floor.

The surface of your island can be equipped for different needs: there cooking, washing, extension of the work plan or, more simply, it can be used as a support surface for the consumption of dishes.

There are numerous models, able to satisfy every kind of need and every economic possibility. Let’s find out together.

The living space for your kitchen island

If some of you have one closed kitchen, introducing the island means, first of all, to make sure that the room is at least 15 square meters, so that the positioning in the center of the room does not compromise the passage around it or the space necessary to sit around it.

Vice versa, in one open kitchen, the island excellently performs the function of separator, making greater use of the spaces between the room and the kitchen, and making you earn in aesthetics and conviviality.
Of course, the size of the island they depend on the size of your kitchen, as well as on the functions it will perform.

An island of modest dimensions, it will be around the meter and a half, or the size of a standard work plan. Obviously, if you chose to add different accessories (such as chairs) your island will take up more space.

The contemporary designers alternate more regular and inexperienced forms with more enterprising and out of schems. This is why your island could take on rectangular, square or more irregular shapes.

island with raised floorYour work plan it could be developed on different levels: on the one hand a height and on the other a few centimeters more or less to diversify the functions.

This solution is often adopted by those who want to exploit the surface space by using an island part in a bar area.

Regardless of the solution you want to give you, it is important that the island is proportionate to the size of your kitchen. Furthermore, you must calculate that it will occupy more space than the one actually reported by the installation project, since you will have to leave the adjacent area free to allow passage and ease to work.

Finally, if you opt for a solution equipped with branches, the space must also be calculated to allow the opening and closing of the same.

Types of islands

In the first case one cannot speak properly of an island, but of peninsula.

In the event that your kitchen is of small size and the space is not sufficient for the installation of a real island in the center of the room, it could do in your case the variant called precisely peninsula: an extension of the kitchen itself free from one side and linked to the body of the furniture on the other.

kitchen with peninsula

The advantages of owning this variant are the optimization of spaces, in the fluidity of passage in the neighboring areas and in the aesthetic value of a continuous and unique furnishing.

In this way, if you were in love with the idea of ​​a kitchen with an island, but you didn’t have the right dimensions to host it, you could enjoy a more than happy compromise.

In this case my advice is to consult an expert, able to provide you with the right advice and above all a more concrete perspective with respect to the real possibility of being able to enjoy your kitchen with peninsula.

Remember to consult professionals for a dispassionate opinion on the choice between island or peninsula, asking them to objectively evaluate the actual space your room has.

The second type is the classic island in the center of your kitchen. In the heart of the room, if indeed it has the right dimensions to house it, it will give a touch of elegance and originality to the environment, also striving to expand the range of functionality of your furniture.

kitchen with functional island

As for the design, you can choose to give your kitchen a style in harmony with the other elements or to differentiate the island with more daring and unlike details than the rest of the furniture.

In case you have an open kitchen, your choice could be in line with the furniture in the room, in order to let your taste shine in an integrated living area also with kitchen details. Obviously the final choice is yours.

Functionality of your modern kitchen with central island

Some of you might ask yourself: “What good is an island at the center of my kitchen?” Obviously the first answer concerns the image and what your eye can judge aesthetically beautiful to see. Secondly, the strengths of an island in the heart of your kitchen reside in functionality.

One of these, may be the actual increase in the support surface present in the kitchen, capable of expand your work surface and to guarantee better diversification of plans during your recipes.

For the choice of the plan, your decision could fall on the same typology present in the rest of the kitchen or, on the contrary, you could create a separation with the furnishing line, opting for finishes of different materials or patterns. It will finally be equipped with compartments doors or drawers, able to increase the usable space and guarantee a capacity predisposed for dishes, appliances, pots, etc.

The second option is instead the multi-function island.

In this case your block constituting the island would be equipped with accessories such as the stove, the oven and / or the sink and, more rarely, of the fridge or freezer.

multifunctional island

All these tools should be integrated with the spaces, necessary for an extra support surface.

Obviously, by opting for this solution, your work plan would be narrower than the one previously treated.
A final alternative is to choose to use your central island as a simple consumption plan.

This solution provides, obviously, the introduction of secondary furnishings such as chairs, centerpiece and so on. In this case comfort and conviviality would take over, giving you extra space to enjoy your family moments.
A precaution on the choice of color: if the size of your kitchen is large and usable without particular rigor, you will be able to indulge in colors without paying attention to shrinkage.

In the opposite eventuality, instead, orient yourself towards lighter and brighter colors, so as to guarantee more light and an effect of expansion of the space.

But how much does your central island cost?

Nowadays in commerce you will find many models with prices able to satisfy every kind of economic availability. Obviously, the cost of your island will fluctuate based on the features you decide to provide.

If you optate for a simple work plan you will have to confront yourself with one price range. Conversely, if you had to choose for the multi-function island, your cost range would increase significantly. Finally, the last obstacle with which you will have to measure, will be represented by the quality of the materials you are going to select.

Basically, the minimum price for a simple composition is around € 1500-2000. The more you want to equip your island the more the cost will rise from this indicative sum. Furthermore, the economic value to invest for your project is not limited to the mere purchase of furniture. In fact, you will have to take into account the installation cost, the eventual expense dedicated to professionals for water, gas and / or electricity connections.

Obviously, if you would like to opt for a non-multifunctional island, but only a worktop with doors and drawers, the installation and the expense dedicated to professionals would be simpler and consequently less expensive. You will also need to think about how to do it use the utilities you need from the main furnishings to your new island. You can choose between two alternatives:

The first consists of breaking the floor and installing cables and other materials by exploiting the idea of ​​the underground installations. This, at least on paper, is the most sensible choice but, of course, also the most expensive.

The second option, easier to comply with, is to raise the connections of your system through a platform, so as to allow the passage of cables and pipes without having to break the walls of your kitchen. Obviously this solution has more advantages also from the economic point of view.


We have seen how a central one could donate to your culinary space elegance, functionality and comfort. Remember to contact more professionals before planning the installation of an imported furnishing element.

Play with the chrome of the environment and don’t be afraid to experiment at the design stage. Give free rein to your imagination, trying and trying out different models and designs.

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Amber Baker
Always passionate about creative writing. I worked for large-scale distribution for ten years as a sales rep for departments: small appliances, large appliances, and built-in appliances. Here on Spotless Homes, I express my passion for writing by making use of my experience with domestic appliances and technology.