Double Up – Kitchen Islands that Serve You

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Memorial Moroccan, Photography by Piston Design

The great debate – is one island enough?

We reviewed last year’s Best in American Living Award winners, and they answer with a resounding “maybe” – both one and two island kitchens abound. Even with single island kitchens, designers aren’t afraid to go big, leaving ample room for multiple chefs and taste testers. But what are the pros and cons of double islands?

Pro: A double island allows for ample and separate work areas.

Washington Road Residence, Photography by Beth Singer Photography
Washington Road Residence, Photography by Beth Singer Photography

Are your kids, how should we put this, expansive while creating their artistic masterpieces? A double island will allow you to keep food preparation and crayons separate and sanitary. And, if both islands are equipped with stove tops or sinks, two chefs can prep and cook simultaneously. This can come in handy when vegan foods need to be kept separate from non-vegan foods.

Con: Double islands take up space.

There’s no avoiding this – a double island calls for careful planning to ensure that it does not become a monstrosity in your kitchen that is more nuisance than help. For some kitchens, a double island just won’t work. And if the islands block paths to the sink, refrigerator, or stove, it may be time to reconsider.

But, pro: A pass-through between the islands helps create an efficient work flow.

Ambassador Gardens, Parcel 16, Photography by Eric Figge Photography
Ambassador Gardens, Parcel 16, Photography by Eric Figge Photography

A kitchen, like the one above, in which the double island is designed to maximize an easy work flow by creating an extra aisle is a must. By orienting the islands lengthwise, guests and chefs can easily pass through from the workspace to the living room for entertaining. The homeowners maintain ample countertop space without blocking paths to the rest of the living areas or to other parts of the kitchen.

Pro: More space for more entertaining.

Double up on seating or use the extra space to serve a buffet. Double islands can provide the additional countertop you’re missing during holidays with extended family or serve as a breakfast bar alternative to a kitchen table.

Memorial Moroccan, Photography by Piston Design
Memorial Moroccan, Photography by Piston Design

So, invite your ten closest friends over for dinner and show off just how spacious your double island workspace can be!

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