Kitchen Island Units

Kitchen island units are freestanding or built-in structures within a kitchen that serve a variety of purposes.

If you are lucky enough to have the space, then we love an Island – The bigger the better!! 

When we initially sit down with our clients to discuss their design, our first aim Is to establish the main use of the kitchen. Is the space going to be used solely for cooking or as a family hub for entertaining family and friends. 

Over the last 50 years, a kitchen has transformed from what was once a place of labour and stress to a more communal, friendly space. You don’t just cook there, you also eat, relax and entertain. The kitchen is now widely considered to be the heart of the home.

The island unit originates from the classic central farmhouse table. This table was multifunctional, being used for food preparation and a place where people gathered to sit and relax. 

It takes a lot of careful thought and planning to get the design of a kitchen right. However, if space allows we always advise an island.

Islands can be used across all styles of kitchens and suit both traditional and modern designs. Integrating an island can transform the space and not only provide more worksurface and storage but often more seating area for entertaining guests. 

A well planned and designed island or peninsular can act as the division between the cooking /working space of the kitchen and the dining / entertaining space. 

Kitchen islands can be so versatile in both appearance and use. They can be stand-alone pieces of furniture or peninsular coming off other cabinets. Because our kitchens are so bespoke at Monkeywood our customers can be creative with their island units. Choosing curves or straight lines. Kitchen islands can follow and blend in with other cabinetry or be a contrast to the main kitchen using different colours or materials. 

Islands can also be the perfect place to house some kitchen appliances. If you’re a cook that likes to bring theatre to your kitchen, then maybe a central hob would be perfect. Islands are often also used for wine coolers and storage for glasses, giving guests easy access to top up their glasses. 

If you are ready to design your dream kitchen whether this includes an island unit or not then don’t hesitate to give us a call and book an appointment with one of our kitchen designers. 

For more information, please speak to one of our expert team today.

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