Do I have enough room to add a kitchen island with seating?
Adding seating to a kitchen island can really help enhance its usability, but only if the seating is functional. If space is adequate, adding kitchen island seating is a “no brainer”, but if you don’t have sufficient space, you may benefit more from additional storage space or walking area, instead of seating that gets in the way.
Walking space around your seating is something else to consider. If you want to add a kitchen island with seating, you should allow at least 36″ of clearance from the counter edge to any wall or other obstruction for someone to edge past the seated diner. We recommend 44″ of clearance for someone to walk comfortably past a seated diner.