By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Monday, September 23rd 2019, 10:49:06 AM.
Islands are often used for prep work because they offer convenient counter space. To make using blenders and food processors more convenient, make sure there’s an outlet built into the island. If you’re having a two-tier island built with a higher bar where your family can sit, that extra riser between the lower prep level and the bar can make a really handy place for the outlet. Of course, islands that incorporate stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves will need proper electricity and plumbing too.
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.
The first thing you should determine is your seating height. If you would like to have bar stools at the island, you will have to decide if it is thirty-six or forty-two inches high. A 42-inch high bar stool and bar normally have more flexibility and the kitchen island can be designed on 2 levels. The dining side would be set higher to accommodate the bar stools and the working side lower for preparation work. The step that is in between is a great place for placing electrical outlets, too.