Retractable Kitchen Island


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Apparently there's an iPhone app that will make a kitchen island rise from the middle of your floor. Or something like that. Tim Thaler built this remarkable accessory:

A hydraulic scissor lift is at bolted to the cement, and then a small frame is built on top of the scissor lift table. On top of that is a subfloor, flooring, and then the island. The cabinet doors are on the other side, and have safety push button switches that kill the electricity from the Smart Home Insteon switches, and prevent it from moving when the doors are not fully closed.


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Kind of cool but the commenters here make some good points about it not being practical, at least not as currently implemented. When it it is hidden, there could be a plate matching the flooring that covers it. When it is time for it to rise, the plate would slide out of the way. If it is kept in a basement space, there might not be much usable space lost when hidden.

But let's face it... it's mostly tech for the sake of being tech. Nothing wrong with that as long as it's a hobby and not being touted as a great innovation in kitchen design.
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It's going to take up space somewhere all the time. You may save some space in the kitchen when it's down but there is a large space in the room below that you can never use for anything else.

Also, you will literally be eating off the floor.
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