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Double Island Kitchens

Sometimes it makes more sense to have two islands in a kitchen, especially in an expansive space. With a smart layout and configuration, two islands can improve a kitchen's traffic flow and function.


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    • Devoted Purposes

      In this narrow kitchen, two islands are better than one. One is outfitted with a single basin sink for quick cleanup. Another acts as a bistro table and is set away from the kitchen's main work core to avoid hindering a busy cook. The space between the two islands acts as a shortcut walkway from the range to the other side of the kitchen.

    • Different Look, Same Function

      For a unique style statement, this kitchen boasts dual islands with slightly different finishes. The central island, topped with Calacatta marble, stands out from the rest of the limestone countertops. No matter how different they look, both islands work together to provide plenty of space for food prep and serving.

    • Entertain Like a Pro

      Entertain like a caterer by incorporating elongated counter spaces into your kitchen. A large surface area on two separate islands provides plenty of room to set out equipment, assemble ingredients, and plate food. Meanwhile, two sinks make cleanup a breeze.

    • Go With the Flow

      The kitchen always seems to become the gathering spot for friends and family. Keep traffic flowing smoothly in a big kitchen by opting for two islands instead of a single large one. Minimalist lines throughout this kitchen create a simple and clean atmosphere.

    • Perfect Partners

      Mix up a traditional kitchen design by installing dual islands. One of the islands in this kitchen provides ample counter space for food prep. The other is perfect for cleanup, housing a sink and cabinet space for cleaning supplies. Both countertops offer plenty of space for eating or chatting with the cook.

    • Space Savers

      These dual islands make the most of a cramped kitchen space. One has a butcher-block countertop and bar sink, making it the perfect spot for food prep. The other island cleverly houses everyday appliances and is convenient to the range. Having a walkway between the islands also makes it easier to get from the range to the other side of the kitchen; one long, continuous island would have been a challenge to move around in this narrow room.

    • Traffic Control

      This sunny kitchen is home to twin islands featuring marble countertops banded in cherrywood. But don't just take the islands at face value. The two spaces can connect via a drop leaf that allows the cook to control the kitchen's traffic flow. Plus, the drop leaf adds counter space. When raised, the elongated island can act as a buffet or an extra-large work space.

    • Kitchen Stations

      In a busy kitchen, a clear division of space creates order. Double islands can do the trick in an expansive kitchen. Here, one island is devoted to food prep, and another is designated as an eating and gathering space, thanks to a bar-height countertop overhang.

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      Whether you have a lot of cabinetry or a little, an island in a contrasting color adds interest to any kitchen.
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