The kitchen island has become extremely popular in kitchen design. The days of islands only serving the purpose as an extra place to store pots and pans is over. The ends of the islands have been opened up and turned into a place to store essential items, like cookbooks and cooking magazines, in a convenient place. The raised countertop on the island separates the prep area from the rest of the counter. This allows dinner guests to relax with a glass of wine while waiting for the main course to be served. Once the dinner is over, the dishes can be stacked in the second sink and the party can continue without the dirty dishes in the way.