Kitchen Island Design Tip
Updated: Oct 18, 2018
I'm remodeling our kitchen and wouId love to add a center island. However, I want to make sure that the island fits comfortably into the space without restricting traffic flow or becoming an obstruction. Plus, there are important kitchen-design rules that must be considered. For example, there should be at least 42 in. between the kitchen counter and island top. Walkways at the ends of the island should be 36 in. wide. And the island's top must be the same height as the kitchen counters.
Trying to simply visualize the width, length and height of the island and how it fits into the existing space is nearly impossible. The only reliable way to determine its finished size is to build a full-scale, three-dimensional model using cardboard boxes, as shown above. The boxes are available for free from most home centers, appliance dealers and liquor stores.
Simply stack and tape together boxes to simulate cabinets. And use large sheets of carboard to serve as the island top. This is particularly useful when determining whether or not you've got room for an overhanging eat-at counter, as shown below.
You can then very easily shift the mock island around the kitchen in order to check for the proper clearance spaces. And the top can very easily be widened or shortened, as desired.
Once you've decided on the finished dimensions, leave the cardboard island in place for several days and see how it feels and works for you and your family.