By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:38:36 AM.
You may have a nice-sized kitchen now, but if your island is too large your kitchen will feel cramped. The general rule is that you will need at least 42 to 48 inches (106.68 cm to 121.92 cm) of open space around your island.
Many people also double up their kitchen island as a breakfast bar, by placing a row of stools on one length of the island. An island breakfast bar encourages use of the kitchen as a social space, as those who aren’t cooking have somewhere to sit without getting in the way.
In terms of the width of an island, that also depends on how you’re planning on using it, and what utilities you may want to incorporate. A typical countertop is 24" deep, and this goes for a basic kitchen island with no seating as well. However, if you’re incorporating appliances like a cooktop into the island, you should add a minimum of 8" to this depth; most designers usually assume about 36" to 42" in depth for an island, but this can vary based on the size of the kitchen and planned use. In terms of length, the average size of a kitchen island is about 3’ by 6.5’, but this can always vary.