Counter space is important in any kitchen. Continuous countertops are becoming less common, and instead broken up throughout the room. It is partly because of this that kitchen islands are increasing in popularity. Can you fit an island in your kitchen? Here is how you know whether or not and island will fit, and not overcrowd your space.
A kitchen should be no less than 12′ wide by 8′ deep.
Having an open kitchen, meaning it is open on 1 or 2 sides, is great for including an island.
The smallest size you want for your island is 4′ wide by 2′ deep. This is not a large amount of space, so be creative with how you use the storage below.
It is important to get something that looks as though it were meant to fit in your kitchen. So never go too small or too big. Size is important.
From the edge of the island to the nearest countertop, you want to have at least 40″.
The side of the island to the nearest countertop should be at least 42″.
When you include seating, keep about 42″ – 48″ of open space.
Consider the space you have when drawers and doors are open. You need to be able to open and move things with ease.
Your island countertop does not need to match the material used on the other countertops in the room.
This is going to be the top you use most, so choose the surface material wisely. See ‘Type of Countertop Materials’ for more information.
Island with Seating
Consider the counter height and space to determine seating type.
Diner Counter Height = 30″ high. Seating space = minimum 30″w x 19″d.
Counter Counter Height = 36″ high. Seating space = minimum 24″w x 15″d.
Bar Counter Height = 42″ high. Seating space = minimum 24″w x 12″d.
Great Mobile Islands
Mobile, or non Permanent Islands, are a great way to go. You can get something with wheels, or without. You can be less concerned with the finish it comes with and make it your own. Plus, it is much less expensive than building out a permanent island.