Buying Guide: How to choose your kitchen island?

Buying Guide: How to choose your kitchen island?

Camille Hermand Architectures

Before imagining an island in the kitchen, it's better to ask the right questions. Area, use and function: what are your constraints and your desires? Our expert advice will help you to choose your kitchen island.

While the living room and the kitchen are becoming smaller, the island continues to seduce with the desire to create a friendly space where to have a drink or have a quick lunch. As the kitchen is not always adapted to receive a central island, cooks find an ingenious alternative. Theislet on the cob is emerging as a extension of the work plan with a kitchen in the shape of "U". An island that is not one but looks and respects some of the benefits sought. Possibility of a dining area, extra preparation space and possible storage.

Example of cooking on the cob with the Arabesque model of Mobalpa.


Before creating an island in the kitchen, follow the advice of Camille Hermand, creator of the architects and interior architects Camille Hermand Architectures, and Jean-Noël Chevrier, head of kitchen products at Mobalpa, and determine the model that suits your needs. Dimensions, layout or price, refine your project to define theperfect island in your kitchen.

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1. Is my kitchen suitable for an island?

Even if the island is tempting by its friendly and friendly character, it must be an added value to the kitchen. "The island must be justified and offer additional use, says Camille Hermand, interior designer. not wanting an island at any price, like a whim."

Beyond its new function, the island also requires sufficient space to circulate around without interference. "In a kitchen, we manipulate a lot of things, it's always compelling to bang everywhere," says Jean-Noël Chevrier, Mobalpa's chef de produit cuisine, "A comfortable passage between two people requires 100/120 cm from the kitchen to the kitchen. "Islet." Between 80/100 cm, traffic is possible depending on the appliance and its various openings. "

On the practical side, it is better to realize in real conditions the space needed for an island. "Using a masking tape or a colored tape, draw your future island to the ground to imagine its size, advises Camille Hermand, you have to experiment the space and be wary of 3D plans, often misleading."

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An example of an island with a dining area, Mobalpa.


2. What are the dimensions of a kitchen island?

Depending on the function of the island, its dimensions will not be the same. Simple storage or dining area, with or without water or cooking ... The more complex the layout, the more space is needed. "When planning a simple island, to have a meal for two or four people, it is best to have at least 120 cm of length and a depth of the working surface of at least 90 cm. overflow of 30 cm, where one can put his feet ", recommends Jean-Noël Chevrier.

In height, the island adapts to the work plan of the kitchen. "In the continuity of the kitchen, at the same height, the island is more aesthetic and takes less space visually," says Camille Hermand.

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3. How to arrange an island in the kitchen?

The island in a kitchen must be practical in everyday life but also comfortable to use. For example, the storage is more placed on the kitchen side to leave neutral the other side, more visible. In the same way, to create a pleasant dining area, the ideal is to be placed in the direction of the rest of the kitchen. "It is best to put the backseat in the kitchen to avoid eating dirty pans," recommends Camille Hermand.

If you want to integrate a cooking pole, a ceiling hood is a suitable solution to eliminate odors. Although it has some disadvantages. "Hoods can be a disruptive element, annoying for the eyes, says the interior designer.But, for cooking, we often hide the microwave, rather unsightly, in the low furniture of the island. is also a way to put it within the reach of children! "

Bringing water into an island is a bit more complicated. "An island with a water point requires work, including a evacuation and a sufficient slope, says Jean-Noël Chevrier. The ideal remains to provide the realization of this type of island in heavy work or under construction. And if the slope is not enough, the kitchen can be raised by a podium, like a platform. It's also a way of concealing cables and pipes while structuring the space. "

Contemporary cuisine, Mobalpa.


4. How to highlight the islet in the kitchen?

In the heart of the kitchen, the islet is at center of all attentions. It can be an opportunity to showcase the rest of the room. "Depending on the floor or the choice of materials, the island can be highlighted by standing out from the kitchen or by settling in its continuity, says Camille Hermand.In all cases, it is a very important horizontal mass visually. soil is chosen with care, if we want the island to be more or less present. "In the same way, the facades and the work plan can be the same as the kitchen furniture or be dissociated, according to the desires.

To avoid a too linear side, the island must be structured in relation to the rest of the elements. "The important thing is to bring a little bit of originality to the islets, a rhythm, in kitchens that are more and more monochrome," says Jean-Noël Chevrier, "with niches between the furniture, for example, by inserting color or You can also play with the worktop and different thicknesses, 20 mm on the cooking part and 40 mm on the preparation part, with wood to heat the room. "

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Kitchen Melia matte black and shiny glossy, Mobalpa.


5. How much does an island cost in the kitchen?

Depending on the desires of each and the different finishes (number of furniture, choice of facades, nature of the worktop, etc.), an island can cost a single to triple. Like a building game, the idea is to compose a tailor-made element with a use drawn according to your needs. "With the purchase, a simple island with just the furniture and work plan costs at least 800 euros, says Jean-Noel Chevrier, count a minimum of 2000 euros for an island with hob, hood and plates (excluding work ) and not less than 1500 euros for an island with a water point and sink (excluding work). "

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