By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Island. At Thursday, September 26th 2019, 00:41:14 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.
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.
Still not sure what exactly you’re looking for in your own kitchen island, or looking for ideas and inspiration? Read on to see 60 stylish kitchens with islands, each addressing the needs and spaces of each home—everything from wheels to sinks, and cooktops to book storage.