Obviously, your sink needs to be near the plumbing. Sometimes, however, because of the placement of the pipes, kitchens are designed with the sinks in a poor location. If this is the case in your kitchen, consider hiring a plumber to relocate the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for
Think about all the steam, water and grease in the kitchen, and you’ll understand why installing a backsplash above the cooktop and counters is a smart idea. It is much easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of tile, metal or plastic than paint or wallpaper.
Recycle an old or vintage cabinet as an island. Look for ones that have plenty of shelving, drawers or other storage options. The one in the image above was once a clothing store display cabinet.
The Oasis folding kitchen island ($250) is ingenious, thanks to its ability to fold nearly flat. It’s made of stainless steel and solid wood, including a parquet butcher-block top, to ensure durability even in the busiest of small kitchens.
Stainless steel food-prep tables, such as this one by Apex ($109), are the perfect solution for a small kitchen area. The 30-by-18-inch size is pictured, but this table comes in a variety of sizes as small as 24 by 12 inches. For extra versatility, add the optional rolling casters if
Featuring a towel rack, wheels, a drop-down leaf and solid-wood construction, the Winsome Folding Kitchen Island ($180) is a small kitchen island that can fold flat for storage.
This low-maintenance, stainless steel kitchen cart ($149) has a small drawer with a bar-style drawer pull, as well as a fixed shelf. The large basket drawer is the perfect catch-all for larger items, while the wine rack is sturdy enough to hold some of your favorite wine bottles (or rolling
Think about what kind of design (whether custom or prefabricated) is going to provide the most utility by asking the following questions: What will it be used for the most? What particular features will enhance the existing kitchen? What does the space need? If the room lacks cabinet space, you’ll
For larger kitchens the ability to add preparation sinks, refrigerator drawers, and additional cooking area is a way to make your kitchen more functional and useful. Since larger kitchens have the ability to have plumbing and electrical services run to them the options are limitless. Add a range hood
Regardless of the island you use, if you need the island to be mobile, adding high quality wheels to one is an easy upgrade. Choose high density polyurethane wheels that have a locking mechanism that keeps the island from moving.
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