A kitchen island is an essential feature in any modern kitchen. Doubling as a food prep area and dining space, it helps maximize the use of limited kitchen floor space. However, homeowners often ask this question when adding a kitchen island: Should it be counter height or bar height?
The short answer is it depends on the layout of your kitchen.
Counter Height vs. Bar Height
Bar height is just another term for an elevated kitchen island. A standard counter-height kitchen island is 36 inches high while a bar-height kitchen island is 42 inches high.
Advantages of a Counter-Height Kitchen Island
If you want to draw more attention to your quartz or granite countertop, a counter-height kitchen would be a great choice. A counter-height kitchen island provides a clear view of the entire kitchen that allows you to highlight certain features and gives the illusion of a larger kitchen space. Plus, counter-height seating is more comfortable for kids and the elderly, making it ideal for large multi-generational or extended families.
Advantages of a Bar-Height Kitchen Island
Standing six inches higher than a standard kitchen island, a bar-height kitchen island can function as a divider that separates your kitchen from the rest of your home. This makes it a great choice for an open floor-plan interior. Another advantage is that a raised kitchen island can obscure dirty dishes or clutter near the sink.
Keep in mind a bar-height kitchen island is not without its disadvantages. For one thing, children and the elderly may find it hard to use the raised seating. No need to worry though – a remodeler or a general contractor can recommend features that can offset these disadvantages.
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