Given the popularity of kitchen islands, it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t incorporated into kitchen design. Although the concept of a kitchen island isn’t new, its iterations in modern kitchens are relatively recent. According to The Hall Design Group, 19th-century European homes had work tables that faced the hearth or oven. Architect Frank Llyod Wright and chef Julia Child are often credited with the early kitchen island as a place where homeowners could prepare meals while interacting with their guests.
This is still the main concept of modern kitchen islands, creating a central area for cooking while leaving the chef open to other activities in the home. Drew Scott says on an episode of “Property Brothers: Forever Home”: “At home I live on the island. Whether he’s there for breakfast or just hanging out, Linda’s mom comes to visit and loves to cook,” according to Realtor .com. Center islands create a focal point in the kitchen that often increases the functionality of the space.
One of the key benefits, according to Custom Home Group, is the extra prep space off the counters. It also allows you to accommodate sinks, microwaves, and stoves preventing the counters from feeling cramped. With the cabinets underneath, you can have extra space for deep storage, which can be ideal for large bowls, pots, pans and baking sheets. Islands are also great for casual dining, entertaining, or for kids to do homework.