Interior of a Modern Kitchen with an Island
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Why choose a kitchen island?

A kitchen island gives you so many benefits – once you have an island installed you’ll wonder how you ever managed without one. Much more than just a design feature, the kitchen island also offers a range of practical functions.

Cooking zone

With a hob fitted in your island, you have the perfect area not just for prepping but also for cooking – and you don’t need to have your back turned on other people in the room. Make a bold statement with a stylish cooker hood in glass and metal, or opt for a streamlined look with a downdraft extractor incorporated in the island or even in the hob.

Added storage

An island adds space in your kitchen for more drawers and cupboards. You can also use it to house your recycling bins or large appliances such as a dishwasher.

Seating space

An island with seating instantly transforms your kitchen into a family hub. Height-adjustable bar seats make an island easy for all the family to use. Kids will find their homework less of a chore if they can chat to you while they do it rather than sitting alone in their bedrooms. And you can catch up on work emails without having to tuck yourself away in a home office.

Casual dining

Perfect for breakfast, brunch, a light lunch or supper, an island gives your home a versatile dining area for informal meals. If you prefer standard dining chairs to bar stools, choose a split level island, with table-height dining area.


Gone are the days of the cook slaving away alone in the kitchen while the guests relax in another room. With an island you’re part of the party, spending time with your guests as you prepare the meal.

When it comes to style and design you are spoilt for choice. You can have it built to match the rest of your kitchen units, or mix it up a little with a contrasting cabinet colour and a feature worktop in a different material.

You don’t need a huge kitchen to incorporate an island in your design. But we do recommend you have one metre clearance on all sides to be able to make full use of the island. Our designer will make sure this is allowed for in your kitchen plan. We have a range of islands on display in our Schwarz Kitchens showrooms in Brighton, Eastbourne and Haywards Heath. Call in today and speak to the team to find out more about how a kitchen island can enhance your home.

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