Where to Put It?
Think about your kitchen’s floor space. Your island must not become a hindrance:
- For example, will positioning it at a 900 angle impede traffic flow? If the answer is yes, where else could it be placed? Or, could you choose a smaller model?
- Is there room for a few high chairs? If so, will the seated people have their backs to a kitchen feature like a window or the table? Then another orientation would be best.
If you don’t have enough square footage, an island may not be the best option for you. Have you thought about a butcher’s block or a high-end kitchen cart?
Do You Have Lots of Space?
If you have a large kitchen, consider integrating appliances into your new island! To really be on trend, conceal them with panels, like cabinet doors.
Don’t forget to include electrician fees in your budget to connect all these devices. Indeed, appliances or no, adding an outlet to your new island is quite useful.
Have You Taken Your Measurements?
Once you have determined what kind of island suits you, it is important that you take precise measurements. The recommended clearance between the island and counter is 3 feet, which allows for freedom of movement while making it easy to use both surfaces. Up to 40 inches of clearance are recommended for open cabinet doors and drawers.
Here’s a tip: to visualize how your planned island will inhabit the space, outline its dimensions on the floor with adhesive tape.