So, should we really ditch the kitchen island?It’s true there’s often no need for an extra piece of bulky furniture in the centre of the kitchen, but there are also quite a few reasons to consider an island in your cookspace design…1. It’s great for storageIt’s amazing what storage you can fit into a simple rectangular unit in the centre of the room. Here, the owners have made up for the lack of wall units by building some handy features into their kitchen island. There’s a luxurious wine fridge and a couple of shelves for recipe books and glassware at the rear, while the front probably has some cupboards or drawers. The beauty of a design like this is that you can ensure things are stored close to where they’re needed – the glasses and wine are easily accessible from the dining table, while on the other side the owners can store items needed for cooking.Ask an Expert: Do you have room for a kitchen island?