The number one dream in a kitchen design is a functional kitchen island. Kitchen islands can provide additional workspace, seating and create a conversational element to the space. The obvious next question is how to determine where to place a kitchen island?There are lots of things to consider when putting an island into your plans. First, do you have enough space to add an island and still have a kitchen triangle? Keep in mind your island needs to have more than enough work space around it on all sides. The kitchen and bath guidelines is a great resource for kitchens as it will help with the space plan in any kitchen design. Their recommendation is for a kitchen that is going to have a single cook you need 42” of space between the base cabinets and the island. If you plan to have more than one cook in your space you need 48”.
The 48” of space between the island and base cabinets is what we like to recommend to clients. It allows for easier traffic flow throughout the space no matter how your kitchen is being used. While not all kitchen spaces allow for this, we believe you can work an island into the design as long as you have a minimum of 36” from base to island with the ideal being 48”.
The other two areas you need to consider when determining where to place you kitchen island is the amount of space you have on the side of the island as a walk through, as well as on the seating side of the island. To make this easier to comprehend we broke all information into the graphic below!