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Types of Kitchen Islands

Posted on: February 13, 2022

Our Favorite Kitchen Islands & When To Use Them

Kitchen islands can provide extra storage, seating, and workspace, and create a beautiful focal point for the room. Depending on your home’s aesthetic and your workflow, one kitchen island style may serve you better than another.

At Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, we believe your kitchen design should be unique to your family’s needs. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get to know each type of island and how it might fit with your home’s function and style.

Call 301-363-4064 or contact us online to learn more about kitchen islands or how we can make your dream kitchen a reality.


Galley kitchen island in modern home.

The galley island is a classic option for open-concept kitchens and offers accessible storage and easy seating. It provides prep and workspace without sacrificing flow or the room’s space. The simple look of a galley island can coordinate with any kitchen if there’s room for an island.


An L-shaped island provides plenty of storage, food prep and entertaining space, and more visual interest than a galley island. This type of island can be especially attractive to those with two cooks in the kitchen.

Because this style is large, it takes a good deal of space away from the room and risks making the kitchen feel crowded or closed off. A professional designer like those at Jack Rosen can help determine if this style is right for you and how to make it work beautifully in your space.


Curved kitchen island in modern home.

Partially curved or circular islands are great for homeowners who want something unique and love to entertain, as the curved nature provides comfortable and spacious seating options.

One thing to note about a curved island is its inefficient storage due to the counter’s overhang, making some cabinets or shelves not easily accessible.


A U-shaped kitchen island provides exceptional storage, various workspaces, and – when well-designed – can maximize your kitchen’s efficiency and flow.

You’ll have space for seating, cooking, appliances, and storage. It’s really like creating a kitchen within a kitchen. Best suited for those who love to cook and spend most of their time in the kitchen, this style shines when you enlist the eye of a trained designer like those at Jack Rosen.

We can help lay out the space, so your kitchen doesn’t feel closed off or crowded, and we can recommend ways to effectively use your corner storage spaces.


Islands designed to look like furniture are great options for homeowners who want to create a beautiful focal point. You could use an antique piece of furniture you love or have something custom-made for the space.

Although these pieces are usually smaller and fit well with most kitchens, they risk being more decorative than functional and may not have a lot of storage. Our designers can provide more information on making your furniture-style island work and last for you.

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