Island Life

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Photo:White handleless kitchen

Are you planning a new kitchen and thinking about adding a kitchen island?

kitchen islands are a free-standing group of cabinets that can complement your kitchen. They often add functionality, more worktop space, storage and extra seating. For some, an island has become a real icon of the modern kitchen. The kitchen is the place to socialize with family and friends, it really is the heart of the home.

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 Cream Shaker Kitchen with an Island

White Shaker Kitchen with Wooden Worktops – Burwash East Sussex

Designing the layout of your kitchen is a really big decision. Make sure you have an idea of things you like and show them to a professional kitchen designer, who can then help you plan and build your dream kitchen.

A kitchen with an island is not right for everyone, not all kitchens work well with an island, older kitchens and those with a small layout may not be able to accommodate a kitchen island, so its important to plan what works in your space as each kitchen is different and unique.

Advantages of having a kitchen island

The kitchen island brings plenty of advantages, like creating a defined area that gives plenty of space for family life and entertaining. The extra seating can give you an extra zone, a place for children to do homework, a baking station or a work area for you. A kitchen island also offers more worktop space and extra storage. Extra storage means you can keep all your appliances and accessories stored away neatly in cupboards and drawers.


           Large Cutlery drawers

Consider how much space you have

You need to consider space when thinking about an island, if space is not a problem then an island can work well and is great for family life and entertaining. Kitchen islands work best if they can be accessed from all sides, so it is helpful to allow roughly a metre of space around the island.  This makes it safer if someone is cooking.

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     Large Stunning Contemporary Kitchen with an island

Dark Grey and Vintage Oak Handleless Kitchen

Make sure you think about how you would use an island and if you would benefit from it. They can be costly and take up lots of space. Kitchen islands can sometimes be used to store clutter on, so it can be useful to allow enough storage to keep the island free from clutter as you don’t want to lose the wow factor when having a beautiful new kitchen.

Safety Aspects you need to think about

One of the things to consider if your planning on adding a hob to the island is the safety aspect. It is worth thinking about an Induction hob, as they are proven to be much safer especially if you have small children. Adding a hob to your island means you have to take into account that it will need extraction. There are a few different types of extractors that are worth researching. Ceiling extractors are built into the ceiling and extract upwards. Downdraft extractors are separate units that rise up out of the hob. A venting hob is an extractor that is built into the hob.

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                                             Bora Induction Hob

Sinks and Taps

If you choose to add a sink on the island then they can seem quite messy, whilst cooking and washing up. If having the sink on the island is something you really like, some sinks come with built-in drainers.

Quooker Tap

Quooker taps are becoming increasingly popular because of their brilliant functionality with instant boiling water and chilled filtered water. They also have a double twist safety mechanism which makes them safe around children.

Quooker - The Boiling Water Tap

    Quooker Boiling  Tap
Photo: Quooker Tap

U shape and L shape Islands and Breakfast Bars

If you do not have room for a free-standing island you can add a U shape or an L shape island into your kitchen with a small breakfast bar which also works well.  Although these are smaller in size they still give the kitchen a wow factor on a smaller scale.

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                                   L shaped Island/breakfast bar

Photo: Dark Grey Kitchen

Remember all kitchens are unique and made to suit you and your family. Pop into our showroom and we can help plan and build your dream kitchen with or without an island.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Black Rok kitchen design.

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.