Double Take

July 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

A year ago, after we’d settled in, we got a Förhöja kitchen cart and two large baskets for drawers from IKEA. (The baskets are discontinued, and we can’t remember their name. Sorry.)

Wooden kitchen cart

Förhöja kitchen cart. Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

At first, we simply placed it at the end of the island. However, the cart wasn’t the same height nor width as the island. The end stuck out too far to be a nuisance and not enough to be a feature. I was also irritated about having to go around the cart to get a teacup. Clearly I had already established a routine which the cart was breaking. Something had to be done, but we were at a loss. Then I remembered this kitchen:

Inspiration kitchen with two islands

The Best of Designers' Challenge / HGTV.

Ingenious! We promptly moved the cart out by two feet. It made all the difference. The cart doesn’t hamper our way to the breakfast nook or the back door – or my way to the teacups. It’s still close enough to feel a part of the kitchen. The distance is enough to disguise the difference in height between the cart and the island, so that the surfaces look more unified. And placing our bookseller’s table back to back with the cart made the “second island” weightier and gave us a place to display our cookbooks.

Second kitchen island

Island from the book table side

Island from the kitchen side

The cart has become out de facto sandwich prep island. We leave our bread, cutting board, and knife out all the time. Spare utensils live in the drawers, and the baskets hold items like ziplock bags, wax paper, parchment paper, tin foil, and cling wrap.

The extra counterspace allows for more fun activities like this:

Fresh Pasta Drying

Mr. E’s homemade whole wheat pasta. Yum!

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