Hey Gilligan! Don’t get stranded at your kitchen island too…

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started on a kitchen island with no features equipped…

Unlike its isolated counterpart, the kitchen island often becomes the central point of a newly redesigned kitchen. And contrary to a deserted island, it is a place where many want to gather to cook, dine, socialize and even get some homework done. With such popularity, it’s no wonder that so much time is spent on designing the right kitchen island as part of the bigger kitchen design.

So how can you avoid getting stranded on your own kitchen island? According to results from a recent survey from RICKI (Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence), when asked to select the most preferred features out of 9 choices, consumers deemed these to be the top 4 kitchen island features that they did not want to get stranded without:

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    1. Extra Storage (70%)Since storage is always a priority throughout the kitchen, it should come as no surprise that is the top feature for a kitchen island. From pots and pans to cutlery, food containers and more, a kitchen island that features ample storage will always be well used and appreciated.

    2. Seating (49%)From a quick seat for breakfast to homework and an after school chat, seating at an island offers the chance to connect with family and friends. It also keeps them close but not too close, which means that you have all the space needed for meal prep or anything you need to do on your side of the island.

    3. Pull-out trash bin (36%)We don’t want to see it, so when it comes to concealing your trash (or recycling), the kitchen island can be the perfect destination. With the kitchen island typically in close proximity of the sink and/or main food prep area, a well thought out and placed pull out trash and recycling bin can keep your island and your kitchen clean and organized.

    4. Sink or faucet (35%)In the right space, the kitchen island can become the main food prep area…or a convenient and well-designed secondary food prep area when a sink and faucet is added. The right design is critical here, to ensure that the work and flow of the kitchen is properly defined.

    Incorporate most or all of these kitchen island features and there is almost no way you or anyone in the kitchen will feel deserted. As a matter of fact, you may find you enjoy your (kitchen) island even more. Sound good, little buddy?

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