Set It Free: Ranges at the Kitchen Island

Conventionally, the kitchen range is installed against a wall. And for good reason: it makes it a no-brainer when it comes to the ventilation hood: just run it up the wall. But then something happened in kitchen design: the range (or just the cooktop in some cases), was given the freedom to be located on an island in the center of the kitchen. But what about the hood? Here, we've gathered some options and examples:

Some ideas for ventilating the island range:

  • Make a statement with the hood.
  • Use a downdraft ventilator at countertop level.
  • Go without any ventilation at all.

One thing we've always loved about the cooktop being at an island is that there is no backsplash surface that gets all greasy and grimy. Plus, it puts the chef of the house at a position to see 360-degrees around the room. What do you think of island ranges or cooktops? And what of the ventilation for them?

Related: New Trend? Benches at the Kitchen Island

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.