For ultimate flexibility, fit it with casters, so you can we'll it to one side, or, if it is fixed, make it float by placing it on stilts or a pedestal. If you don't have room for an island, by a large mobile butcher block instead.
Island countertop advantages:
- Can make an effective partition between kitchen and dining area.
- Can accommodate everything from storage cupboards and the waste can to the range or even the sink. Remember, though, that you will need to conceal plumbing and electric wiring in the legs of the unit and that the service pipes will need to run under the floor.
- With four separate sides, an island can be used by several people at once, so its both practical and sociable.
- A floating island countertop can work well in a smaller space, but make sure your ceiling can handle the weight. It's best to consult with a kitchen remodeler before taking on such a project yourself!
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