Your Guide To Choosing A Kitchen Island

Kitchen island

Feeling adrift in your kitchen? Then an island is a must! Whether you use yours as a baking station, homework hotspot or a seating area for guests to socialise with the chef, one thing is for certain; a kitchen island creates a space where the family will naturally float together. However, as they do take up quite a lot of floor space, it’s important to get the most out of them. Top of the list of things to consider should be your kitchen’s layout, which surfaces work best and any added features that will amp up your island’s functionality. Easily customisable to any style and with so many diverse uses, a modern kitchen simply isn’t complete without one.

Surfaces and Style

Oval, L-shape, T-shape, U-shape, the list goes on! With so many styles to choose from, it can be a tough decision picking the right one to fit your kitchen layout. Firstly, to figure out an appropriate size, keep in mind that a standard aisle should be 36” wide or 42” wide, allowing two people to comfortably pass each other. Next, decide the shape by thinking about what would maximise the efficiency of your current layout. For trickier shaped rooms, long islands with banquet seating work well in galley kitchens, whilst a perimetre island is ideal for framing large, open floorplans.

Also, not enough can be said about contrast. Dream kitchens are created by mixing and matching different materials. So if your regular countertops are light and polished, be bold and top your kitchen island with dark stained wood. Don’t forget, you can always dress up under-island cabinetry too, making them pop by painting them with a punch of colour.

Hidden Features

Avoid cluttered shelves, by installing deep cabinets and drawers into your kitchen island. A combination of open and closed storage means you can showcase your best stemware whilst hiding away unsightly appliances. Counter space hogs, such as microwaves and icemakers, can often be built-in as well, although leave enough of an overhang so chairs can be tucked underneath and knees can fit when sitting. A couple of easy add-ons would be a towel rail attached to one of the ends or hooks suspended from above to keep pots and pans within easy reach, it’s these features that will make all the difference.   

Smaller Kitchens

Don’t have enough space for a permanent kitchen island? No problem, try a butchers block or a mobile kitchen cart instead. Not only do they add essential storage space and prep stations to smaller kitchens, but if you find one fitted with lockable wheels you can easily roll them out of the way. Plus, it makes washing the floor a cinch! To tailor it to your own personal style, why not repurpose a vintage piece? Cheap and effective, you could use a dining table, steamer trunk or even convert an old dresser, really anything you can imagine!  

Speak to an expert about creating the perfect focal point for your kitchen by contacting Black Rok Kitchen Design now. We also have showrooms open in Uckfield and Heathfield.  

Donna LawDonna Law
19:12 14 May 24
Great service. Such beautiful well made kitchen. High quality highly recommend
John WertheimJohn Wertheim
16:50 29 Apr 24
We love our Black Rok kitchen! Jamie showed amazing patience and design expertise over the two years that it took us to create our vision, at the same time as building our house. Jamie was able to incorporate everything that we wanted, providing great advice and suggestions along the way. The installation was amazing - nothing was too much trouble and the coordination with our builders went perfectly. We have both a beautiful and fully functional space and would thoroughly recommend Black Rok.
Dan ElsonDan Elson
07:31 20 Apr 24
Great service. All the team at Black Rock highly professional. The end result is fabulous. Many thanks Dan
D.M.N.M GutteridgeD.M.N.M Gutteridge
22:08 21 Mar 24
Thoroughly recommend the Black Rok team. We put in a new kitchen and got excellent advice through the planning process. We asked to see a number of different layout options on the computer and Jamie was very patient and helpful. The installation team were first rate and took great pride in their work. Overall very satisfied.
Linda WoodhouseLinda Woodhouse
16:39 05 Dec 23
Having downsized, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of turning my narrow, shadowy, U-shaped, very basic kitchen into one that I actually wanted to spend time in. I now have a light, airy, functional space with practical ‘innards’ and modern, intuitive appliances. Thanks to Jamie and Ed the kitchen layout has been totally transformed and the best use has been made of the space with a sleek handle-less design and contemporary narrow worktops. Both Jamie and Ed have communicated professionally and openly at all stages of the project and Ed was even instrumental in steering me towards my final colour choices! I would thoroughly recommend Black Roc for their design and fitting capabilities.
steven eckhardtsteven eckhardt
15:00 20 Nov 23
WOW! Black Rok did a really fabulous job job with both design and fit. We have a high quality contemporary kitchen and appliances. The fit was done in just a few days with care and precision. We have had no issues but Black Rok have kept in touch and visited to ensure we are satisfied which of course we are. Fabulous colour and all very functional. Great decision to use Black Rok and we have no hesitation in recommending them.
Nigel BraggNigel Bragg
16:08 17 Apr 23
We have nothing but positive things to say about the team at Black Rok Kitchen Design. Having spent 3-4 years dithering over getting a new kitchen, we finally decided to take the plunge last year. We had 2 criteria: a sleek, modern, German style kitchen provided by an independent, local business with impeccable references. After coming across the Black Rok website, we were immediately taken by the striking designs and reassured by the volume of glowing customer testimonials along with photographs of recent projects. From the moment we met with Jamie in the Uckfield showroom, it was clear that he understood what we were looking for. Although we had some pretty fixed ideas on design and layout, Jamie was able to take those ideas and enhance them seamlessly into an overall design scheme that exceeded our expectations in all departments. We had a few design meetings, several phone calls and email conversations, and within fairly short order were signing off on a final specification for delivery in early 2023. In the lead up to installation, communication was great and the technical drawings provided by Jamie for layout of plumbing and electrical services were described by our builder as the most detailed and accurate he had come across. Indeed the Black Rok team came onto site during the preparation works to meet with our builder and electricians to ensure a smooth installation process. Everything was delivered on time and exactly to the agreed budget. The cabinets and interiors are really well made and constructed with an engineered precision you might expect of a German manufacturer. The installation team of Ed, Zac and Jake were really personable, treated our home with great respect and worked extremely efficiently to ensure the kitchen was installed quickly and accurately. They solved every problem posed to them, displaying great attention to detail and tidying up diligently at the end of each day. We are utterly delighted with the new kitchen, which certainly delivers a "wow" moment when friends and family come to visit. The quality of the workmanship is incredible value for the overall price paid. We still pinch ourselves when walking into the room and are so pleased with ourselves for choosing Black Rok.
philip mccabephilip mccabe
07:30 11 Jan 23
Fantastic, intelligent and responsive service from Jamie and Ed from start to end. The kitchen design stood out from the beginning for its attention to detail and a real understanding of what we wanted from the space. They recommended excellent builders and then worked with them to make sure that the end result was picture perfect to the design. Fitting was spot on from a skilled, diligent team and we were never kept waiting. Issues with 3rd party appliances were dealt with in a way which made it crystal clear that our satisfaction was the priority. Brilliant. Easy 5 Stars.
Helen DaviesHelen Davies
19:03 24 Oct 22
We are so pleased we elected to go with Black Rok kitchens, as they have designed and installed the kitchen of our dreams! Throughout the process, from design to installation we were reassured by the professionalism of Jamie and Ed. Jamie created a fantastic design for our kitchen and suggested ideas we had not previously considered and the installation by Jake, Zak and Ed has been completed to an exceptionally high standard! Nothing was too much trouble. If you're considering upgrading your kitchen, don't hesitate to contact Black Rok, you won't regret it.