3 Steps to Choosing the Perfect Butcher Block Islands
Butcher block islands are a wonderful piece
of furniture to add beauty and function to your kitchen in a unique way that can suit virtually any
décor. To make sure that they suit your kitchen in both style and performance, there are a few things
that you need to consider.
Remember that there are a wide range of different types of butcher block kitchen islands and a number of
varieties of surface materials. To be able to make an informed decision, there are a number of steps that you
can follow. Use the following steps to consider all of the important points for bringing home the right
butcher block islands for your kitchen.
Step 1 – determine the size of the butcher block islands for your kitchen
The size of butcher block islands will play a very important role in their practicality and
beauty. The amount of room that your kitchen has to offer will be critical to deciding the proper
dimensions. After all, if you choose butcher block islands that are too small, you won’t have enough
workspace and the furniture might look silly floating in the middle of too much open space. That said, if it
is too large, it may be awkward to try to move around it, could stop you from being able to open cupboards or
appliance doors, and could generally be more of a hindrance than a help. Make certain that you have a minimum
of 36 inches from any side of the butcher block islands to nearby walls, appliances, or cabinets. If you will
be adding a seating area to your butcher block islands, add even more to the minimum amount of space needed for the
chairs or stools and to be able to walk around the people who are sitting in them.
Step 2 – choose the height of your butcher block islands
The height of your butcher block islands will have a big impact on the amount of storage space you’ll have
underneath, the type of lighting or hanging features that can be installed above them, and how comfortable chopping
and slicing will be on its surface. Depending on the height of the main chef who will be using the surface,
and taking the height of the other family members into consideration, you will usually want a surface height of
between 32 and 34 inches.
Step 3: consider features that will make butcher block islands convenient
If you intend to use butcher block islands for their designed purpose – food preparation such as chopping and
slicing – then you may wish to include additional features that will make them more pleasant and convenient to
use. This includes knife racks or a knife block, a towel bar, a spice rack, and a garbage bin under the
counter. This way, you won’t need to cross your kitchen to obtain the items you need to do your food prep on
this cutting board surface.
By following these steps and you’ll know that your butcher block islands is suited to your needs and
kitchen. Combine the surface with a frame or cabinetry and hardware that matches the rest of your kitchen to
ensure that its style will be a perfect complement.
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