The kitchen is used more and more regularly as a meeting place in modern homes. Often there is no longer a complete wall between the living room and the kitchen. This creates all sorts of different opportunities for family members or roommates to use the space together. This is great if you, as a parent, want to cook while keeping an eye on the kids. In addition, everyone can cozy up to the cook(s) while a delicious meal is being prepared. A kitchen island is often used in such situations because it has many practical advantages.