Top 5 Kitchen Island Design Tips from our Staffordshire Show Room

When renovating your kitchen, adding an island can be a temptation – here are the top 5  design considerations to ponder.

Sandra of Staffordshire Kitchens at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors in Stafford has created this top 5 list of design considerations for kitchen islands.


Kitchen islands can be made to most shapes and sizes and can work well with both contemporary and traditional kitchens. We can help you design, supply and fit the kitchen island and kitchen that suits your home, your needs and the style that you desire.

One of the first considerations for kitchen islands is what do you wish to gain by adding an island? This can be broken down into 5 areas.

Function of the Kitchen Island

What do you want the function of your kitchen island to be – what is it’s purpose?

Kitchen islands can have multi purpose uses from creating additional work surface area, additional storage, additional under counter space for appliances, additional table, desk, breakfast bar area for multi purpose use, to defining the kitchen area in an open plan kitchen, dining and living room.

Not considering what the function of the island is may lead to adding an island that is just an ornament rather than adding true value, use and style to the space.

To ensure you get the kitchen design that meets your needs we offer kitchen design consultations in our Stafford studio  as well as home kitchen design consultations across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Sutton Coldfield, Streetley, Birmingham and Solihull. We can also create your kitchen in our 3D CAD design system so that you can visualise how your new kitchen and kitchen island will look and work for you and your home.

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Position of the Kitchen Island

Adding a kitchen island or u shaped island may be the perfect solution to create work surface area when considering the architecture of the space that the kitchen will inhabit.

If the building has long windows or full length windows these may take a lot of wall space and by adding a kitchen island of some shape or form this creates the much needed work surface areas and positions for sinks and may be appliances too. The addition of a kitchen island can create an architecurally pleasing space by maintaining the features within the building, as well as a pleasing practical and stylish space.

With our 3D CAD design system we can create your space and add the kitchen style and design to enable you to visualise how the kitchen island and kitchen will look in your home. By booking a kitchen design consultation in our Stafford studio we can also show you the designs on our large screen so that you can get a more accurate feel or what your new kitchen will be like before we fit it for you.

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Practicality of the Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can have a variety of uses. Depending on the size of your kitchen space and the design layout of the kitchen, the island may be a plain work surface or may have sinks or hobs and even extractor fans placed in it. There are a variety of extractor hoods and lighting options that can be placed above kitchen islands which make the addition of a hob in the island a very practical solution. Therefore hobs no longer need to be placed on outside walls for the extractor fan to be situated on. It’s all down to personal choice and budget too!

If you need additional storage then considering adding open shelves under the work surface may be an option – having pets or small children or preferring a more minimalistic style – then adding cabinets may be a preferred more practical option.

Kitchen islands can be made larger and have  cabinets or shelves on both sides of the islands to maximise on storage space.

Breakfast bars may be added to the existing height of the work surface or made higher to accomodate breakfast bar stools or lower to create an additional table area suitable for use with dining chairs or normal height stools.

Our 3D CAD design will help you to select the best island and kitchen layout to suit you and your home. With large screen viewing available in our Stafford studio.

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Size of the Kitchen Island

The size of the kitchen island will be influenced by all of the other 4 design considerations – function, position, practicality and shape as well as the work flow in the kitchen and the space that the kitchen will inhabit itself.

Islands can be a small projection of one or two cabinets with a work surface the same size or one that overhangs slightly to create a small area to perch at, or a larger overhang to sit more comfortably at. Or islands can be much larger with under counter appliances such as fridges, freezers, chiller draws, dishwashers or wine fridges.

Creating the right kitchen island for your home, your needs and your style is what we specialise in at Staffordshire Kitchens based in Stafford at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors. Our 3D CAD design system enables you to visualise how the kitchen island and kitchen will look in your home.


Form of the Kitchen Island

The form or shape of the kitchen island will also be influenced by the other 4 design factors function, position, practicality and size. Contemporary kitchens tend to be very straight lined, however islands can be made with curved units at one or both ends dependent on the availability of curved units in the door selection made for the kitchen.

If curved units are not available then the edges of the work surfaces may be curved to reduce sharp corners.

There are so many design options to consider when designing a kitchen that having a sit down consultation with our designer in our Stafford Kitchen Design Studio will help to ensure that we can create you the kitchen of your dreams that meets the needs of you and your family as well as the space that it is in.

For more information or to book your 3D kitchen design consultation please contact Sandra at Staffordshire Kitchens at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors tel: 01785 229306 email

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Top 5 Design Elements to Consider for Your New Kitchen.

Whether you’ve just moved house and can’t stand “her” kitchen or you’re renovating your home, here are 5 top design elements to consider when designing your new dream kitchen.

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Sandra at our Stafford kitchen design studio is happy to work with you on your design and create the kitchen of your dreams that you will love and your friends will envy. Eagerly awaiting our new kitchen showroom in Staffordshire – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors can supply design and fit quality German made kitchens as well as British made kitchens. Here’s what Sandra has to share with you about kitchen design considerations.

Kitchen Design Tip 1 : Space planning –

The first consideration when investing in a new kitchen “is the current kitchen large enough for you?” If the answer is “yes” then that’s great news. If the answer is “no” – then how can you make the kitchen larger?

Could the kitchen be made larger by creating an extension, taking down a dividing wall to a dining room or utility room.

Or if removal of walls and or building a kitchen extension are not within budget, or not a practical solution for your home, would creating more kitchen storage , having a different layout and clearing worksurfaces make the kitchen feel more spacious?

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Kitchen Design Tip 2: Function –

This may seem like a straight forward consideration and a straight forward answer could be “to cook in”. But more careful consideration of how you, or you and your family wish to use the room will help to develop a new kitchen design that will work for everyone.

Is the kitchen simply for cooking in? A kitchen that can simply be a kitchen with a door closing it off from the dining room or rest of the house may work really well for single people or for couples.

However in family homes, the kitchen becomes more the heart of the home and opening the space to encompass a dining area and possibly a family space means that the  kitchen becomes a more functional and inclusive  area to all family members. So whilst the person is cooking they are able to keep an eye on younger children playing or encourage older children with home work or studying. For working people they may sit and work whilst watching the meal cooking to avoid cremating the food. Yes – we’ve all got distracted with emails and work and forgotten the dinner cooking away!

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Kitchen Design Tip 3: Layout –

The layout of a kitchen is influenced by many factors and considering these will help to design a clever layout that really works for you and your family’s needs.

For example – the position of the windows, the size of the windows and the view from the window will influence the layout. Traditionally the kitchen sink is placed under the window as much time was spent washing up and the person doing the dishwashing could enjoy the view of the garden. However with the advent of the marvellous dishwasher and the majority of homes using one – how much time is spent at the kitchen sink?

Could the view be more appreciated whilst sitting doing a few more emails whilst the dinner is cooking? Now we are not saying “do not put the kitchen sink under the window” – but what we’re saying is that we work with you to consider the layout and how you use your kitchen to create a kitchen that really works for you.

Some simple considerations on lay out are the proximity of the sink to the kettle (unless you have a boiler tap at the sink)  to the mug or cup, tea and coffee storage as well as the fridge. The proximity of dishwasher to the sink and the storage of plates and cutlery for speed of unloading the dishwasher. The position of the oven and hob near to the fridge , in relation to the good work surface area for hot saucepans and casserole dishes and utensil storage.

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Kitchen Design Tip 4: Practicality

By looking at the people, children and possibly pets that use the kitchen will all help to determine the influence on the practical aspects of the kitchen from function to durability to ease of cleaning. Slab or flat surfaced doors and draw fronts may be eaiser and quicker to clean than moulded door or draw fronts. High gloss may show finger prints more so consideration to the type finish is important. A matt finish or even finger print resistant finishes are available in many of the kitchen doors and draw fronts that we use as well as work surfaces. Granite is a popular choice but may require more polishing than quartz and may be less durable than quartz or ceramic work tops.

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Kitchen Design Tip 5: Look

Start with the end in mind.

The look or style of the kitchen may also be influenced by the house type or style of property, as well as the personal preferences of the people who live in the home. When designing a kitchen by starting with the end in mind we always consider your  personal style of furniture and how to blend and mix this with the kitchen style selected to create a cohesive and stylish home. The danger of not starting with the end in mind is the creation of a disjointed mish-mash of rooms with different styles and a home that does not flow well from room to room.

Traditional and contemporary kitchens can be made more interesting by adding a mix of open shelves, glass cabinets or display cabinets to break up blocky looking cabinets. They also add more depth to the kitchen making it feel larger too. Considering taking storage to the ceiling can be a good use of space – but careful kitchen design can make this look great as well as being functional and practical too.

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Are you planning your new dream kitchen? Then we’d love to hear from you. Whilst awaiting our new kitchen showroom in Stafford FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors can already design, supply and fit your dream kitchen. We can access samples and create images and layout of your kitchen design. We are the only Staffordshire supplier of quality German made kitchens. If you like our deisgns we can always arrange a joint visit to the London showroom to view a wide variety of quality German Kitchens. We also design, supply and fit quality British made kitchens too.

Based in Stafford FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors work with quality, experienced kitchen fitters and builders so that we can design supply and fit quality kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.

To discuss your project please call us on 01785 229306 or email us at

Renovating, Revamping Your Kitchen, Building an Extension or Moving House? What’s Your Vision?

Do you have an overall vision for your renovation or kitchen revamping project?

Whether you are renovating a whole house or one room, building an extension or revamping your home or kitchen it’s important to have an overall vision of what you wish your room or home to look and feel like whilst ensuring it has great function and works for you and your family too.

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If you live in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, West Midlands, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or London, we can help you create your ideal home or kitchen with our interior design skills.

So why use an interior designer?

We can work with you & your architect to ensure your home has the right use of space & light & layout to avoid costly mistakes. Plus look for alternative designs, materials & layouts to keep within your budget.

Have you ever spent hours and hours, days, weeks may be even months or years thinking about how to chage your home or kitchen? Then ended up with information over load resulting in no decisions being made and not even starting your project?

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Interior Designers Can Save You Time and Money.

We can save your time by producing design ideas that meet your needs saving you endless hours of searching on the internet for that illusive look and feel you’re trying to achieve. Importantly we can also guide you and look for ways to keep you within your budget too.

Are You Strapped For Time?

Many professionals whether single or couples or families are often strapped for time with busy working, social and or family lives. Juggling these can be a major operation on it’s own without throwing in the many hours or planning, decision making and project management involved in a renovation, extension or new kitchen project.

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If you’re busy we can take a load off your mind & shoulders by project managing your internal changes for you whilst you relax & enjoy the process.

Creating Your Vision and Making It Your Reality

At FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors we can design, specify, supply, fit & even project manage your homes transformation.

From planning, supplying & fitting kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobe layouts, built in units, extension layouts, whole house decor schemes including supply and fit of curtains, blinds, motorised tracks & motorised blinds, furniture, flooring & lighting.

Want to know how we can help create your vision for your dream home or kitchen and make it your reality?

Then why not call Sandra at our Stafford studio / showroom 01785 229306 to see how we can work with you.

Based in Stafford we now design supply and fit kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms too across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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