The island is often the central feature in a kitchen. Other configurations place the island between the kitchen and an adjacent space such as the living or the dining area. But there’s more to it than just that. There are many interesting kitchen island ideas that reveal just how practical and multifunctional this piece of furniture can really be. Some designs include a kitchen island table which can either be an extension of the counter or an addition to the main unit. Whatever the case may be, we’ll get to see just how stylish and functional modern kitchen islands can be.
Designs that give kitchen islands a table extension are very common and can take many different forms. Some table extensions are small and can comfortably sit two or three people, serving mostly as a breakfast table.
Certain designs naturally incorporate a table or a bar into the kitchen island without making it look like an extension. This one, for example, makes it clear that the bar portion has a distinct function by placing it on a different level and giving it a different finish and color.
When the kitchen and the dining area are adjacent spaces on an open floor plan, the island can put the two functions together and create a seamless transition between them, ensuring a cohesive and fluid decor and ambiance throughout.
This kitchen island, instead of featuring an extension on one side or on a raised level, has a raw edge wood shelf that surrounds and frames it an three sides. This platform can be used for storage or in other ways.
The table extension is not necessarily a must-have for a kitchen island, although it usually enhances its design and functionality. Even a very small portion such as in this case gives the island a stand-out look and makes it more practical.