Are Waterfall Islands A Good Idea?



Looking around Display Homes I see a lot of island benches with waterfall ends.

Although I would agree that they can look very great there are some downsides that it is worth thinking about.

Less Flexibility

Most of us use an island bench as a casual eating area.

The waterfall end means that you will all end up facing  the same direction rather than being able to look at each other sitting around the end.

You will also find it less comfortable to work of the waterfall end for food preparation. . . because your foot can’t go under the bench you can feel a bit to far from the bench.

Power Point Location

These days there are lots of electrical devices in the kitchen, coffee machines, toasters, kettles slow cookers etc even lap top and phoone chargers.

A convenient place for power points is at the end of the bench. . . but putting a double powerpoint in that waterfall end is really going to spoil the look . . . .under an overhanging end will make it unobtrusive but still convenient.


All that extra stone counter top and the labour in making a smooth join isn’t going to be cheap.


One compromise is to have a waterfall at one end of the island and an overhang at the end you want to use for casual dining.


  1. ElliotS

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    Thanks for great information.

  2. Regan

    Great post, we are getting so many clients wanting waterfall/slab ends. Personally I don’t like them for the reasons you’ve given, especially cost. We’ve even had to put cut-outs for usb GPO’s. I don’t get it.

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