Is a Kitchen Island Worth It?

Is a Kitchen Island Worth It?

Should you include a kitchen island in your renovation? Here’s what to know.

A kitchen renovation is a dream for many. Who wouldn’t love sleek new countertops, flooring, and cabinetry? Best of all, you can alter the design so you can bake, cook, drink hot cocoa, or whatever else your kitchen lifestyle entails. One of the features one may consider is the kitchen island? This staple addition comes in surprisingly many forms and also comes with potential pros and cons. Is a kitchen island worth it for your home?

Types of Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands don’t just provide a surface on which to work, eat, or prepare dishes. They can house many different amenities; the possibilities and variations are almost endless! Some common types of islands, though, include the following:

  • Rolling: A portable island with storage underneath
  • Single or Double Tier: Geared toward food prep, a double tier can allow for multitasking.
  • Furniture-Style: Although not built into the floor, these units offer plenty of stylish storage.
  • Kitchen Table: Some kitchen islands look more like tables, and some can fold out.
  • Full Service: This kind houses cabinetry and possibly a sink, stovetop, or under-counter appliances.

Does It Fit?

If you have a particularly square and spacious kitchen, it may be a no-brainer whether or not you can fit any sort of island in the layout. However, the type you choose can prove to be too large. On top of this, you can also choose different shapes, including circular, U-shaped, L-shaped, and regular rectangular. The most compact island is often 2′ by 4′ at least.

Pros of Kitchen Islands

Another way to weigh your options is to consider the functionality it can provide. For instance, you can appreciate more counter space to prepare food. It can also be a place for friends and family to gather. On the daily, it could also serve as a homework station or breakfast bar. How does your household work, and could it benefit from having this addition?

Cons of Kitchen Islands

The list of negatives would include the obvious: not enough space. Even if there is room, consider how the kitchen traffic moves. Would an island be an encumbrance? A kitchen island is also a significant expense; be sure your budget will allow for one that works for you. 

Going Through Your Options

There are many decisions to make concerning the kitchen island, more than one might have expected. Kenwood Kitchens can help you work through all your questions and concerns for your kitchen renovation as a whole.


Ready to get started on your next kitchen, bathroom or closet project? Kenwood Kitchens can help. Since opening its doors in 1974, Kenwood Kitchens has made a name for itself throughout Maryland as a complete kitchen and bathroom remodeling firm.

We want our clients to get what they deserve: a quality installation with quality products, at a fair price. Contact our expert planners today for a free consultation about your dream project.

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