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The Pros and Cons Of 5 Different Kitchen Islands

June 12th, 2017 5:18pm

If you stay up to date on trends in the kitchen, you probably know that kitchen islands are super popular right now. Of course, if you listed all the benefits, we would be here all day. Instead, you'll see the top 6 styles of each kitchen island, plus pros, and cons of each.

L Shaped

The L Shaped island is a great way to add extra counter space to your kitchen, but can also fill in blank space.

Pros: L shaped islands are bigger, which means they take up a lot of space and add a lot more storage.

Cons: While these do add more storage, they can be kind of clunky. This means while you are adding space for cooking, you might be taking up space from other things, such as free movement around the kitchen.

U Shaped

These can add a lot of efficiency to a space - they include 3 giant walls of storage space with cabinets and drawers.

Pros: These are highly functional and incredibly spacious.

Cons: Because they are so large, they can take up a lot of space. This is definitely not for a small kitchen.



Fewer frills and a more straightforward design, these are designed and built to be workhorses. They fit almost any style of kitchen, any layout, and they can be used for any type of cook.

Pros: These work really well in open styled kitchen and they ensure an even flow throughout. They also add a good amount of storage to the kitchen, add more counter space, and seating.

Cons: Some owners say that these islands can be a tad boring.



Queue the Oohs and Ahhs! A circular kitchen island is especially cool and isn't found in many kitchens, which also makes them pretty unique.

Pros: They definitely add style to a kitchen and are really perfect for entertaining, because they add a ton more seating space, but are anything but boring.

Cons: Yes, yes the circular kitchen island does have its negatives. Cabinetry does have its limitations, and a circular island would be a loss of storage. It comes down to making sure this is put into a large room kitchen, so there is plenty of space to go with this design.

Rolling Island

What if you don't have a ton of space, but you still want to add an island? They have wheels, which means you can move them to and fro, and can move them to the middle for an island, you can move them off to the side as a table, you can use it for prep-space or making pizza dough. You can even use it as a coffee bar.

Pros: Super-efficient and functional. They are also very versatile as you can see from the options above.

Cons: Rolling islands are small and compact. You won't get a ton of storage out of them, but then again if you have a smaller kitchen you might only need a little storage!

If you're interested in adding a kitchen island to your kitchen, contact Kitchens By Good Guys by visiting the website or calling 480.696.3524.


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