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The Best Kitchen Island | 3 Common Kitchen Problems Solved

Designing & Planning

Whenever we’re designing something new, we always start by putting ourselves in our customer's shoes. We brainstorm to figure out what our customers’ pain points are. Then we think about how we can solve the problems with our furniture designs.

When it comes to the kitchen, I know all about the common problems! Not enough counter space, not enough seating, not enough storage! The Mission Extendable Island was designed to solve all three kitchen problems - here’s how.

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1) Kitchen Problem Solved - Lack of Counter Space

One of our most original designs to date is the Mission Extendable Island. We took a customer pain point - lack of counter space, and solved it with an kitchen island that not only adds extra counter space every day, but ALSO quickly and easily extends for even more counter space!

 

I got the idea after talking about designing a new island with Paul. I thought our customers would like the extendable top, because that’s feedback we get at the shows about our tables.

Not only does this island easily open to extend a whopping 4 extra feet, it also SELF STORES its extension leaves for quick & easy access. Thanks to the geared slide equalizers, extra counter space is a minute away.

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Whether you need the occasion extra counter space for cooking, baking, serving, or to add additional seating, this extendable top just makes perfect sense.

 

2) Kitchen Problem Solved - Lack of Seating

Just like at a kitchen bar, the top of the Mission Extendable Island is offset by several inches. That’s so people can sit on the back side of the island.

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Once the leaves are in, people can also sit on the ends, and on the other side of the island. In total, we say this island can comfortably seat 8. Imagine having 2 extra seats all of the time, and 8 extra seats when guests are over!

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3) Kitchen Problem Solved - Lack of Storage

Another kitchen problem I was looking to solve with the Mission Extendable Island? Lack of storage space.

The body of this kitchen island is designed with four functioning drawers, and an adjustable shelf (really 2 shelves). You can fit a lot inside the drawers, and the open storage shelf area is great for decorative serving bowls and platters.

At the end of the day, I knew we would offer custom options to our customers, so the storage area is just an example of what we can do.

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Other Design Decisions

Right away I decided it should be in the Mission style, because our customers love Arts & Crafts. That also dictated wood type; I picked quarter sawn oak for the body of the island, because it’s commonly used in Arts & Crafts furniture. Plus I think it’s pretty.

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That also dovetails into why I chose harvest stain for the body of the kitchen island. I’ve heard from many of our customers that harvest matches the Arts & Crafts style pieces that are already in their homes. Plus it’s our most popular color.

Since I like two tone combinations, I decided to leave the top in natural oak. I think it contrasts nicely. I also decided to do the top texture smooth, so it makes for easy clean up.

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Built for YOU - Common Customizations & Options

Since we build the Mission Extendable Island for each customer when it’s ordered (we don’t keep stock), Adding doors instead of drawers? No Problem.

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Changing the wood and color? No Problem

Changing the style? No Problem
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Changing the size? No Problem Changing the hardware? No Problem
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Centering the top because seating isn't needed? You guessed it, no Problem!

We’ve made this same island at least a dozen different ways. I wish I could show you all of the options, but they’re too much to show! Two creative things our customers have asked for on their islands?

1. A slide out garbage can.

2. A cookie sheet door.

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If you have an idea you haven’t seen mentioned, chances are we can do it!

 

Contact us today to ask about your design idea, and to order the best kitchen Island you’ll ever have!

 

 

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