Kitchen island has been one of the most sought-after kitchen design elements, and this trend doesn’t seem to fade away. Not surprisingly, since islands offer a number of practical as well as aesthetic benefits. To list a few, islands function as a multipurpose workstation, an additional storage, or a dining area. At Granite State Cabinetry, we hold an initial meeting with the client, listen to all the preferences and considerations in mind, and only then evaluate the shape, size, and configuration of their brand new stand-alone kitchen island.
Some of the factors we’re assessing include the square footage of the kitchen itself, the number of house residents, as well as the intended uses for the new kitchen addition. The space between the cabinets and around the peninsula also referred to as the clearance zone, need to be at least 3 feet. This optimal clearance zone distance prevents the kitchen island from being a bulky obstacle. For instance, if there’s a dishwasher around or installed on the island, the opening door can create a potential tripping hazard.
Typically, a kitchen island is around 3 feet wide by 6.5 feet long. However, if your kitchen area is rather small, we can suggest custom solutions. For example, when the space is rather limited, consider different cabinets and drawers to minimize the island’s area. Or, if a traditional square and rectangular shape don’t work, think outside of the box.
If your kitchen cannot effectively accommodate an island, there is a number of similar solutions. The first and easiest solution is to start looking at rolling carts, butcher blocks and mobile islands. These elements can provide functionality, comparable to an island. The second option is to consider a peninsula, that can be attached to the wall and take up less space. Reconfiguring the kitchen outlay is the third and the most radical option. Though not always practical, moving the pipes, ducts, wiring, and even walls will create an open kitchen plan with enough space to go creatively.
If a kitchen is quite large and can accommodate an island, we always caution our clients not to go overboard. In other words, the kitchen island needs to be proportional to the room. As we mentioned earlier, 3 feet is the minimum clearance area, and while there’s no maximum, we don’t recommend it to be over 4 feet. Otherwise, the island feels out of place and is less comfortable to use.
If you would like to determine if your kitchen could accommodate an island, please give us a call at (603) 472-4080 or visit our showroom at 384 Route 101, Bedford, NH. Contact online to schedule an appointment with a professional designer or request a free quote!