5. Remember storage
Whether you want to include storage in your island or not, you need to ensure that piece is not too big – usually, two 60-cm base cabinets back to back are appropriate for most under-island functions.
If your kitchen island is your main prep area, focus on the sink and other appliances first, but also consider that there’ll need to be room for prepping goodies, cutting boards, etc.
6. The height of the counter
What is your seating height? If you’re dreaming about adding bar stools to your island, you can choose between 90-cm and 106-cm pieces (with the latter offering more flexibility). A bar that’s 90 cm high is somewhere between an average bar stool and a table seat, ensuring an appropriate choice for a defined dining area.
Hint: Leave at least 30 cm of overhang for your seating areas, although 38 – 45 cm tend to feel much more comfortable.
7. Fitting into your kitchen layout
As it needs to be a fully functioning working zone, you can’t leave anything in your kitchen design up to chance. Consider, for instance, if your island makes sense in relation to the rest of your cooking space. Does it add to an effective work triangle?
And remember that the legroom surrounding your island also needs some calculation, with approximately 90 cm being the ideal open space on your island’s ends.
8. DIY or designer?
Since kitchen islands are usually the main gathering/work spot, you will require a good sense of proportion when it comes to its planning, designing, and placement. But obviously DIY is not an appropriate option for everyone, which is where our range of professional Kitchen Planners can help take some of the stress off your dream kitchen island.
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