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Kitchen Islands: A Timeless Addition to Your Home

Historical roots

Kitchen islands date back to the 1800s in Victorian Britain. During that era, land was inexpensive, homes were larger, and middle-class families often had ample unused kitchen floor space that could be transformed into a preparation area. Originally, these islands were often just additional tables brought in from other rooms. Today’s islands, however, are crafted with both practicality and aesthetics in mind.

Enhance your Kitchen

1. Double your storage

A kitchen island is a superb way to add extra storage with shelving, cupboards, and drawers. A well-designed island can nearly double your kitchen’s storage space, keeping your most-used pans and utensils within easy reach. Many modern islands even feature fold-out tables and chairs, optimizing floor space further.

2. Divide and conquer

Open-plan living has become increasingly popular, especially in modern apartments. A kitchen island can divide a large space, allowing you to work in the kitchen while staying connected with the living room. This setup adds a social vibe and lets you prep meals without pausing your favourite show.

3. Go rustic

While contemporary kitchens often feature metal, glass, brass, and marble, these materials can be expensive. Consider using antique or repurposed furniture as a cost-effective alternative. These pieces can be refinished and restored to create a beautiful, unique island that contrasts elegantly with modern designs.

4. Make it your centerpiece

Kitchen islands can also serve as the focal point of the room with the right positioning and lighting. Many people opt for low-hanging spotlights to illuminate the island’s surface, making it ideal for entertaining and serving guests.

5. Bring it into the future

To maximize convenience, consider integrating appliances and features into your kitchen island. Installing a range or hob in the island prevents you from having to cook while facing the wall and frees up perimeter counter space. You can also relocate the sink to the island for easy access during food preparation.

6. Create a hub

With the increase in home electronics, it’s practical to add power connections, CAT5 ethernet ports, and high-speed USB charging sockets to your kitchen island. This setup makes the island a central hub for both culinary and electronic needs.

7. Keep your walls safe

If your children love to draw on walls, adding a blackboard to one side of the island can be a lifesaver. Provide them with colored chalk and let their creativity flow, then simply wipe it clean when needed.

8. Make It social

A kitchen island is perfect for informal dining and socialising with friends. Add a set of matching stools, and your kitchen becomes an ideal spot for evening gatherings without straying far from the wine.

9. Split It

For those with limited space, a split-level island offers a solution by combining a preparation surface and a serving table in one unit. Some islands feature foldable sections, making them versatile for work, browsing the web, or sitting down with friends throughout the day.

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Thavam Thiru Google Review


We had our kitchen and utility room refitted couple of weeks ago and we are delighted with it. The moment we walked into the showroom to the final finish date, the service we received from Emrys was excellent. There was no hard sell or pressure to sign anything then and there to bind us to a contract.
Emrys, the project manager, listened attentively and worked around our ideas , using his expertise to design the perfect kitchen to accommodate all our needs. He pays great attention to every detail to bring out the best functional kitchen.
Emrys manages his team extremely well and his team were very pleasant, accommodating and very respectful of our home and environment.
Emrys is a great project manager and his commitment to offer the best value for money is incredible. We would not hesitate to recommend him and his team
Thank you Emrys and team.

Thavam Thiru

Una Gilbey Google Review


From the moment we walked into the shop until the time it was completed, the process has been extremely streamline and trouble free. Emrys has an exacting eye for detail. All the different people we have have in to complete the kitchen have been friendly, personable and very respectful of our home and us. The few niggles found have been addressed quickly and without question. Not the cheapest kitchen but definitely one the best. Thank you to you all

Maureen Taylor

Una Gilbey Google Review


Everything about this company is great, the workforce are amazing they were all friendly, courteous, tidy kitchen looks amazing very pleased would definitely recommend to anyone thanks Factory Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd for a great job

Una Gilbey

Utility, office and games room! Testimonial

FK&B designed and installed a utility, office and games room in one! Initially the room was to be a utility room, but with COVID my husband is now working at home a lot. FK&B changed the design to incorporate a desk and media wall so that it can be used for my son’s gaming and my husbands work. The room functions very well and looks very slick and tidy with lots of storage. It’s all white gloss so is clean and modern. FK&B were very patient and helped us plan our room exactly as we needed it – even when our requirements changed! The quality is very good too! Highly recommended.

Helen Haycock