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How to Determine the Proper Island Size for Your Kitchen 

how to determine the proper island size for your kitchen

Kitchen islands are a great feature to add to your home because they become the heart of your kitchen and allow for more counter space and storage. You’ll only love it, though, if you plan it right. Otherwise, you can end up hating your island’s existence if it becomes a block in traffic flow or takes up all your cooking and moving space. To avoid hating your kitchen island, here are a few things you need to take into consideration when planning your island size.

How Do You Plan to Use It?

Kitchen islands can have multiple functions such as acting as extra storage space, a table for eating, or as a food prep area. Your function will determine how tall and your island needs to be.

  • Suggested island height for prepping food: 36 inches
  • Suggested island height for eating or sitting: 42 inches
  • Suggested island width for prepping food (with cooking top or sink): 7 feet
  • Suggested island width for eating or sitting: 2-3 feet

How Many People are You Planning For?

First, you have to decide on how many people you plan to have sit at the island at a time as well as how many extra stools you might want for entertainment purposes. Also, consider how big your stools will be. Depending on the shape, some stools may be wider than others, especially if they have a back rest. The suggested space between each stool is 6 inches or 26-30 inches between the center of each stool.

How Much Space Do You Have?

Even small kitchens can have an island, but you have to take into consideration where you will need the most walking space. For instance, you might want more room between the island and the oven to allow for you to cook and easily access the oven without blocking the path for others walking through the kitchen. To decide on how deep your island will be, figure out how deep it can be. There should be at least 3 feet of walking space on all sides of the island. This includes distances that can change, such as doors and drawers. Open every door and drawer and measure three feet out from the edges. You need to be able to safely open the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and cabinets without bumping into the island.

Install a Kitchen Island or Bar Specific to Your Needs with Holmes by Design

At Holmes by Design, we create custom homes as well as perform custom remodeling. If you’d like an island or bar in your kitchen, we can take all your needs into consideration to give you what you want, whether you are looking to build or simply add to what you have. Contact us today to either start building your dream home or remodeling your kitchen to meet your needs.