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Adding a Kitchen Island to Your Kitchen

Adding a Kitchen Island to Your Kitchen

Adding a kitchen island when you renovate your kitchen is worth serious consideration.

Kitchen islands provide a convenient place to gather, prepare meals, eat, socialize, and do homework, among so many other daily family activities. What should you consider for your island when first planning your new kitchen?

Do you have enough room in the kitchen for an Island?

The work aisle between the main counters and the island should, according to the NKBA, be at least 42″ for one cook and 48” for multiple cooks. We know that some clients, in the right circumstances, find 39” is enough but never reduce the aisle to less than 36″.

There are several other considerations that relate to available space. The smaller the aisle or walking space created by adding an island, the more you’ll need to double check clearances for things like cabinet doors, refrigerator doors, and the like.

If you have enough room for an island, is it big enough to include seating?

Seating can be a great addition to your kitchen island. Seating can significantly increase the spaces functionality. You need to allow 24″ of width for each seating spot at your island. The NKBA recommends 15″ of clear knee space, and perhaps most importantly you’ll want to make sure that there’s enough room to maneuver between your seating area (while it’s in use) and any obstructions or obstacles that are nearby.


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