Kitchen Island. How to design an island for your kitchen.

Kitchen island is one of the main parts of the kitchen
if we can afford it and if there is enough space for it.

How to design a kitchen island?

Dimensions

Whether it is cupboard, free standing welsh dresser, table or kitchen island, the first thing to consider are the dimensions.
An island, as part of the kitchen should seamlessly and comfortably connect with the whole design.
In that regard it cannot stay too far from the kitchen cupboards, but cannot be too close to them as well.

The minimum space from the cupboards is 900 mm. If you go closer, you may not be able to conveniently open the drawers, the doors and the oven. Have in mind that you need minimum 500 mm for the drawers and the doors. If you have oven opposite the  island, for the oven door, you’ll need even more space.
The maximum distance an island should stay from the cupboards is not more than 1200 mm.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to get tired walking between the oven and the island, not to mention the hot and heavy pots you have to carry around.

Stool side

If your space allows it you may want to have a sitting space on one side of the kitchen island.
To have that stool space, your island should be at least 900 mm wide.
In that case you’ll have +/- 600 mm for cupboard space and 300 mm for the stools.
Note that when you seat on stool your legs don’t take as much space as if you are sitting on a dining table. You can even leave 200 – 250 mm space for the legs.

Some customers prefer leg resting rail or step on the side of the stools, but have in mind that this will prevent the stools to be moved under the counter when you don’t use them.

Center or side island

An island can be positioned in the center of the kitchen, when it is big enough to accommodate it, but can as well be positioned against the wall.
You have to know that the position of the island depends on the kitchen layout and the walking space.

We cannot say that center island is better than side island or the other way round. It all depends on the kitchen space which predetermines what is better and what is not. If you take a look at the photos below, you’ll see that in most cases you don’t have a choice – it has to be side island or centered island.

Kitchen Island layout

Depending on the kitchen design, you may have different appliances in your island.
The most common appliances appear to be stove or hob, prep bowl or butler sink, dustbin, spice rack, tray rack, pull-out or side mounted electrical plugs.
If you are going to have electrical or water points, you have to cleverly allocate them and design the whole island around those points.

In our work we found out that some people prefer drawers, and some prefer doors.
We will not take side, but in our opinion the best ratio is 70 to 30% in favor of your preferences.
Anything else starts to look too boring.

As you can see from the photos, having baskets or wine rack in a kitchen island, just brakes the boringness while in the same time, adds some convenience and style.

What base to chose?

There are two type of cupboard base:
– leg base
– kick-plate base

We strongly recommend the first one.
When the kitchen island is on legs, you don’t risk to damage the unit with the daily mopping and water spill. The unit is well ventilated, does not build mold and does not give comfortable living space for mice, cockroaches and other insects.
Yet, sometimes the design of the hole kitchen requires to have a kick-plate base. In that case, make sure that the kitchen company knows how to secure the base against quick damage.
With the time the kick-plate will definitely get damaged, but the longer it takes, the better it is.

And now, let’s show you some of our kitchen islands:

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