How to Choose a Kitchen Island

When it comes to choosing a kitchen island, make sure you consider all of the possibilities.
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How to Choose a Kitchen Island

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When it comes to choosing a kitchen island, make sure you consider all of the possibilities.

Having a well-designed kitchen often includes a kitchen island. Kitchen islands have become a popular feature because of the many ways they can serve a family. 

The versatile and well placed kitchen island can: 

  • Accommodate multiple cooks
  • Provide an additional surface for meal prep
  • Offer extra storage space
  • Act as a primary work space
  • Add to the attractiveness of a kitchen
  • Give the family an additional gathering place for socializing, breakfast, homework or other household tasks. 

Not all islands are suitable for all kitchens. It is important to understand the differences, before you invest money and time into this upgrade.

Built in Kitchen Island

Choose a built in, if your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home and you want to add permanent value. Opt for a customized design to get the most flexibility in size, features and style. You will want to consider how your island will complement the current design of your kitchen (or design plan) as well as how it will function. 

A built-in island may also be able to accommodate an additional cooking surface or a sink.

Consider the Seating

A kitchen island that includes seating will increase the value of the island and give you additional function. The desire for seating may influence the style, width and height of the island. Consider whether your island will need to accommodate leg space, how high the seating should be, and how many seats should fit comfortably around it. 

Small Space Kitchens

Most small kitchens can include a kitchen island, but there are some special considerations when you are designing in a small space. Opt for an open design with open storage shelves or no under storage, to keep the kitchen from feeling cramped. A mobile cart may be another good option for a small kitchen, because the can act as an island when needed, and yet be moved out of the way when the kitchen floor needs to be opened up. 

General Guidelines

The National Kitchen and Bath Association has some general guidelines for homeowners who are planning to add a kitchen island to their home. 

  • The ideal space between an island and an adjacent countertop or appliance is 42 inches with at least 36 inches on all sides to accommodate kitchen traffic.
  • The countertop of an island should extend a minimum of nine inches behind the cooking surface (if there is one). 


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