Pre-Fab Kitchen Island Choices
Stylish, Functional and Cost-Effective Kitchen Islands
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably understand how difficult it is to acquire additional kitchen prep space and storage. One solution clients traditionally consider is a pre-fab kitchen island. Almost every kitchen doubles as something, and sometimes more than one something; kitchen and entryway, kitchen and pantry, kitchen and office or kitchen and homework area.
While adding more cabinets is an excellent way of gaining storage, some Bay Area kitchens are simply too small. Instead of forcing a square peg into a round hole, our kitchen designers look for creative ways of adding storage that will fit easily in small rooms. Sometimes these solutions add space. Other times, they use existing space better, so you end up with more room. Either way, our cabinetry experts think carefully about what will and will not work with your new design. We always aim to add storage to your kitchen whenever possible. After all, a kitchen remodel is a priceless opportunity to add more storage to your home.
BENEFITS OF A PRE-FAB KITCHEN ISLAND
Convenience & Time Saving
A prefab kitchen island is pre-made and ready to install, which saves a significant amount of time and effort compared to custom-built islands.
For clients on super thin budget, pre-fab kitchen islands are often more cost-effective than custom-built options. Since they are produced in bulk and follow standardized designs, they tend to be less expensive than custom-made islands.
Variety of Styles & Design
Prefab kitchen islands come in a wide range of styles, designs, and finishes. They offer versatility and can be customized to match various kitchen aesthetics, whether traditional, modern, rustic, or contemporary.
Easy Installation & Removal
Prefabricated islands are designed for straightforward installation. They are typically delivered in pre-assembled or partially assembled units, making the installation process easier.
Functionality & Storage
Prefab kitchen islands are designed with functionality in mind. They often feature built-in storage options such as cabinets, drawers, shelves, and even appliances, maximizing the island’s utility.
Quality & Durability
Although prefab kitchen islands are mass-produced, reputable manufacturers prioritize quality and durability. We work with a few manufacturers with outstanding reputations in quality.
Many prefab kitchen islands offer modularity, allowing homeowners to customize and expand their island setup. Some models come with detachable or changeable components.
Increased Resale Value
A well-designed and functional kitchen, including a prefab island, can significantly enhance the resale value of a home. Potential buyers often appreciate the convenience and aesthetics of a kitchen island.
Adding Kitchen Storage When Remodeling
If you have a kitchen island, or are installing a kitchen island, make sure the space above the island is used to best effect. A bar above the island can hang pots, pans, colanders and utensils, freeing up valuable cabinet, shelf, and drawer space for other things. These can be as simple as a metal pole running from one end of the island to the other, or as ornate as an elegant copper oval. Ultimately, it should match your new décor and harmonize with the rest of your kitchen.
Install drawer organizers in one or two of your drawers, especially the shallow ones where utensils seem to hang out. Just keeping your utensils organized will free up more space. If you have several drawers of utensils, consider consolidating them down into just one or two.
Pull-out trays are similar to drawers but are typically wider and flatter. They can be used to store larger items, such as pots and pans in a kitchen cabinet, or cleaning supplies in a utility cabinet.
Use Lazy Susans and turntables inside deep shelves to make it easy to reach the back of the cabinet. If you can’t access something, you might as well not have it. If turntables don’t appeal to you because of the wasted space (a circle in a square will always waste a little space) and you have the room in your kitchen, consider shelf drawers instead. These fit on top of your shelves inside your cabinets and slide out to allow you to easily access the back of the shelf.