It's no wonder that people say the kitchen is the heart of the home. The kitchen often becomes the place where you gather, where you eat, where you entertain guests, where you might feed pets and even where you might do your work or homework. While the island bench can serve all of these purposes, a well designed kitchen will have zones for all the different needs of the space to create a more functional flow for everyone. Some of the zones you can consider to incorporate in your kitchen include:
1 | The dining area
The most common and popular multi-purpose part of a kitchen is the breakfast seating area. Most kitchens will have an island bench with seating and this becomes the spot where you have breakfast, a snack or a quick meal. However, if your needs extend beyond that, you may consider adding a table. This could be achieved by having a table extension off your island or by adding a banquette seating area with a table.
2 | The home bar area
If you like to entertain often, and that generally involves a fruity cocktail or good glass of wine, then you can't go past adding a home bar to wow your guests. Having a separate space to store and mix your drinks means you won't be interrupting the happenings of the kitchen or getting in the way of anyone while serving your favorite drink. Check out our blog post below for our home bar must haves.
3 | The study nook
If you find yourself gravitating to the kitchen to do some work or online shopping on your laptop, or it's where the kids sit to do their homework while you cook, then having a dedicated study desk inside the kitchen might be the answer. This allows you or your kids to be within the kitchen space, without cluttering the island bench or getting in the way of cooking. And best of all, if you add bi-fold or pocket doors to the study nook, you can always close the doors to create a clutter-free kitchen without having to move anything.
4 | The charging and life admin area
Everyone has that drawer or bench space where they dump the mail, to-do lists, grocery lists, etc. If this space is in your kitchen, then you may want to create a specific spot for it. We recommend including multiple sections within the drawer or cupboard so you can sort the mail or papers in there. We also often like to combine this 'life admin' area with a charging station for charging all your devices out of sight. This allows you to keep all your chargers plugged in without the cables creating clutter around your kitchen.
5 | The pet feeding area
If your pets often get fed in the kitchen, you can integrate your pet's food and water bowls within your joinery to keep them out of the way. You can include them within a recessed section below bench on show or integrate them into a drawer that you can hide away when needed. You can also add a small pull out bin close-by to use as a place to store the food and if you want to go a step further you can even add a pot filler above their water dish to fill it up easily.
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