By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:39:56 AM.
Most islands require a slight counter overhang to ensure diners have plenty of legroom when seated. 12 inches is the ideal rough size for an overhang, but the clearance around the island is your first priority. This means your first task should be to measure the space around your planned island, to ensure you have enough space between your island and counters to maintain open walkways. You should always leave at least 4 feet between your counters and island, even if this means having a smaller island overhang.
For a start, it can provide extra prep space, and form a boundary between the cooking zone and the living/dining area. A shaped island unit can also help direct the flow of traffic away from busy hotspots. It can be long and slim, running parallel to the work area; neat and round in a compact room; or big and broad, housing a sink and appliances.
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.