By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 11:05:16 AM.
How big is your kitchen? If you have a large kitchen and your refrigerator isn’t near the island, you may want a smaller undercounter refrigerator nearby. If you’re installing a cooktop, take the space needed for an exhaust vent or hood into account. Make a list of everything you want in your kitchen island, in order of priority. You may not be able to get everything in your island, but try to get at least your top five features.
If you’re considering a new kitchen or renovation, it’s important to think about how you envision using the island, given other factors that might be at play in the kitchen. For example, a kitchen island typically requires about 36" between the edge of the island and the edge of the countertop, so an island is unlikely to work well in a very long, narrow kitchen. If you’re planning on having multiple people working in the kitchen at once, then 42" to 48" should be your goal. This also goes for spaces around appliances like a sink, stove, or dishwasher, so if you’d like to integrate a sink into the island, you’ll want to plan accordingly.
In terms of depth, usually islands are 4 feet deep to accommodate 2 sets of 24” deep cabinets back to back. If you’re doing a breakfast bar on the outside rather than storage, they are only one set of cabinets deep, but the bar will have 12-18 inches of overhang. Please keep in mind you’ll need to add extra space for any trim.