Safety First! You are better off without it if you are using up all the free space in the room. Your kitchen should be spacious and you should never feel restricted in your movement - in fact it can be dangerous if you are. Yes, a kitchen island is good to have, but not if your safety and freedom of movement are compromised to accommodate it.
In addition to seating 4 (or more), islands today are used to house "luxury" appliances that do not fit in the cabinet structure like a second microwave, second oven, wine refrigerator or even another cooktop. Islands many times are fully wired for electricity and have plumbing for a second sink. The base of an island can be used as a wine rack. The possibilities are almost endless.
We are often asked if the countertop of the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop in style, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really does not have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you are not going to match them up exactly it's better if it looks like you are not even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and surface is perfectly acceptable.
The drop leaves can be attached to the periphery of the isle top and they can be attached with hinges so that they can be folded along the sides of the isle. The bottom part of the wooden island can be a sturdy stationary base or have wheels included in them to make it mobile. The shelves of the wooden island can be of a simple type where they open up to compartments that store utensils and cans. Above the shelves can be a chest of drawers that are used to store cutlery. The island top can be of a sturdy wooden base that is polished to make it look like a dining table.
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