How to Determine if A Kitchen Island is Right for Your Kitchen

Determine If Kitchen Island Is Right For Your Kitchen

There are some kitchens with layouts that work and there are some that don’t. Part of this can be accounted for by the amount of counter space available and where it is located in relation to everything else. A popular trend for many kitchens is to have an island. However, these don’t necessarily fit into all kitchens, particularly if there is limited space available. A properly functional kitchen is going to be well planned and thought out, this way, it will ensure there is plenty of space to dine, work, and be in. Our team at Orange Contracting want to go over some design tips you can follow to determine if a kitchen island is right for your kitchen.  

Island Clearance Zone 

For starters, you need to think about the actual size of the island you wish to have in your kitchen. You can’t just blindly pick an arbitrary size and shape without getting the proper measurements beforehand. It’s important to make sure there is plenty of room in your kitchen for safety and comfort. As a general rule of thumb, there should be at least 42 inches between the countertops and your island. This space will let you move freely around the space. Not to mention this distance is going to allow you to be able to use your appliances (dishwasher, fridge, etc.) and open them without trouble. If you don’t go by the 42-inch rule, it is imperative you measure and make sure that all the appliance doors can open and that you can safely move around them when they are open.  

Smaller Kitchen? Smaller Island 

You don’t want to jeopardize space and safety when you’re trying to add something that should make your life and kitchen easier to work in. Sometimes, even though it’s recommended to have a space of 42 inches between your islands and counters, it’s not always possible when you have a small kitchen. In this case, the lowest you can possibly go is about 32 inches. However, you still need to keep in mind that not allocating adequate space will cause issues for functionality and safety; you will have problems opening appliances and obstructing pathways. Having more than one person in a small kitchen will feel cramped and cause hazards. One solution for still getting an island with a small kitchen is to get a smaller island that will allow you a 42-inch clearance distance.  

Multifunctional Islands are Great! 

Ask yourself; what is the root reason you want a kitchen island? Is it for just more counter space, or is it also for extra storage? Answering this is going to help you determine whether or not you need additional room for clearance, since different functions can require it. Other options for a kitchen island is to relocate your cooktop or sink, or both! They are also great for extra seating, for both kids and while entertaining guests. In most cases, the way you are going to get the absolute most out of your kitchen island is when it is multifunctional with things like seating, storage, adding more counter space, a cooktop, and anything else you can think of! 

Proportional Layouts are Best 

If you are redesigning your kitchen space, you need to make sure the size and shape of your island is designed properly to fit proportionately. When you are dealing with a large kitchen, there is a lot more flexibility for the size and shape of your island. When you are dealing with a small kitchen, you will need a smaller island. In order to make your kitchen space comfortable and natural, make sure when designing the size and shape of your island, that all dimensions are proportional to the room.  

Let Our Team Help 

Are you looking to have a kitchen renovation in Newmarket? Our team at Orange Contracting is here to help! We can help create the kitchen of your dreams! Contact us today at (416) 817-2590!