Homeowners love kitchen islands for many reasons. They are functional, they can be a design focal point, and can provide extra seating. Finding the perfect kitchen island requires marrying functional and style to fit the kitchen.
For function, islands need to give the dishwasher enough clearance when opening the door, have 18 inches of space on either side of a cooktop, and have outlets for appliances to cover the basics. After that, many more features can be added to customize the island for each unique kitchen need.
If it’s going to be used for extra seating, make sure it’s the proper height for kitchen stools. The eating area should also be raised so it’s out of range of spatters from the cooktop or sink, if one is present.
A kitchen island is usually at least four feet long and two feet deep, taking up quite a bit of space. Because of this it is recommended that the kitchen should be at least eight feet deep and more than 12 feet long to accommodate an island.
One of the major advantages of having a kitchen island is more storage. Cabinets can be installed on each side to increase kitchen storage. Put more shallow cabinets on the front, dining side, and larger, deeper cabinets on the kitchen side.
Homeowners should design or find a kitchen island that works for their needs, whether that be an extra cooktop, more storage, or a breakfast bar.