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Kitchen Island Designs: How to Find the One That’s Right for You

Granite and quartz are both popular material choices for kitchen island designs. We’ve covered the pros and cons for each of these materials. But even if you know which material you want to use, you may be having difficulty deciding how you want your kitchen island to look.


In this article, we’ll take you through the process of designing your kitchen island.





Is My Kitchen Big Enough for an Island?


Before deciding on a kitchen island design, you need to figure out if you have the space you need for one. Generally speaking, you need to have no less than 42 inches of space around your island. You’ll then need to decide how big you want your island to be.


Two feet is the bare minimum we recommend for a kitchen island. If you’re planning to seat people, you’ll want to leave a minimum of 24 inches of space for each seat.


Decide What Your Kitchen Priorities Are


The biggest factor influencing your kitchen island design will be its purpose. People often use kitchen islands for cooking. Whether it simply has a cutting board, or it has a microwave installed in it, your island can perform a variety of functions.


These functions will inform the design (e.g. “How big does it need to be?”), but it also informs the type of material you’ll use. If you’re going to have burners on the island, you probably want to use granite instead of quartz, because quartz is sensitive to heat.


Sometimes, though, people just want a kitchen island they can sit at. This can make it essentially a bar in the middle of your kitchen. In this case, you’ll want to use quartz instead of granite, because granite absorbs liquid more easily than quartz does.


Wondering Where to Buy Granite Countertops in Michigan?


Once you know the kitchen island design that best suits your needs, you’re ready to buy a buy a quartz or granite countertop. Call us now at (734) 941-2323 or contact us online to get your free estimate.

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