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Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 09:01 AM

Guidelines for the Best Kitchen Island Layouts

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

  1. How large is your kitchen?
  2. What is the shape of your kitchen?
  3. How many seats at the island?
  4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?
  5. What functions are most important?

What Size is the Kitchen?

In general, islands work best in large kitchens and peninsulas work better in small kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides. This kitchen island is approximately 3.5' x 9' with diagonal cut-outs:

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

When working with a custom home builder, you can likely convert a peninsula kitchen into an island kitchen, or vice versa. This home, a version of The Gershwin by Frank Betz, was originally designed with an island. The peninsula is approximately 8' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What Shape is the Kitchen?

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

How many seats will fit at the island?

  • Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating
  • In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.
  • The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

What's a good size for a prep sink?

  • When thinking about your prep sink size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go and how you will use it most
  •  Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen
  • Prep sinks can be as small as 14'' round, usually when used in a bar area
  • Heavy-duty veggie sinks can be over 20'' (when round) and over 30'' (when rectangular)

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

What else should fit in my island layout?

  • When thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?
  • Many island have two-sided cabinets for easy-access storage
  • If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink (even a small sink can take up more space than you realize)
  • An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge

This island, from a version of the Dinsmore by Frank Betz, is approximately 10' long.

Kitchen Island Size Guidelines | Popular Kitchen Island Layouts

 

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How Many Seats Will Fit At The Island? [Raleigh New Homes]

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 07:05 AM

Kitchen Islands with Built-In Seating: 

Raleigh new homes often include at least two dining spaces: a formal dining room, breakfast room, and /or casual dining the kitchen island. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New HomesThe seating at this island is called "raised height" because it requires stools rather than dining table height chairs. Notice the raised center of the island with counter-height sides? The center designates the seating area.

Looking for new ways to add seating to your kitchen? Use these kitchen layout questions -- below -- to determine how many seats you can add based on your kitchen floor plan and layout (with recommended island dimensions and average heights). 


Kitchen Layout Questions:

Kitchens with dining space - either nearby or integrated - are a popular Raleigh new home request. Here are some kithen island layout questions, to help you decide on a kitchen-dining configuration:

Kitchen Layout Question #1: Where is your kitchen located, relative to other rooms?

Is your kitchen separate from living and dining areas, or does it have an open concept layout?

If your kitchen is located beside main living and dining areas, you'll probably need fewer seats. If your kitchen is separate, you may want additional seating.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, they recommend that 36 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with an 15-inch-deep knee space.

They also recommend that 42 inch high islands should allow a 24-inch-wide seating space with a 12-inch-deep knee space. 

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

In a seating area where no traffic passes behind a seated diner, they recommend that you allow 32 inches of clearance from the counter/table edge to any wall or other obstruction behind the seating area. If traffic passes behind the seated diner, allow at least 36 inches to edge past or at least 44 inches to walk past.

These depths and widths can vary based on your layout, but are good to keep in mind.

Kitchen Layout Question #2: How large is your island?

And how much space is left in the kitchen? If your kitchen is rectangular, you may be able to extend the length of the island to incorporate a built-in bench. (And you can keep your storage space maximized, with drawers below.)

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

 

Kitchen Layout Question  #3: Should your chairs be hidden or visible seating?

This Hickory curved island is designed to store stools underneath for hidden seating.  The design is enhanced with base cabinets on both ends of the islands, as well as on the back side.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Kitchen Layout Question  #4: Do you prefer counter-height or bar-height seating?

Kitchen islands are taller than dining room or breakfast room tables, so you'll typically use stools to sit in the kitchen.

The difference between counter-height and bar-height seating can range from six to twelve inches, depending on the home plan.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes

Use these kitchen layout questions as a way to start thinking about design options in your new home. 

Here are some pointers to make the best of your next kitchen:

  • Prioritize your space. Do you need a larger (or second) island, or would you rather integrate a breakfast room table in the same space?
  • Determine how ofter you'll cook for the family - and how often you might host a larger get-togethers. While double ovens look beautiful and balanced, you may find that the space is better saved for more cabinets or a larger microwave.
  • Decide what you're willing to upgrade, and where you're willing to save on cost. While kitchens are one of the most important rooms of the home, they are also the most expensive, generally followed by the Master Bath.

Photos of Island Seating | Raleigh New Homes


Photos of Raleigh new homes with built-in island seating:

Custom Home Kitchen Design in North Carolina:

How many dining spaces does your family use? Do you want to combine or separate eating areas in your next home? Tell us which home designs stand out.

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Top 11 Kitchen Island Layouts - Kitchen Island Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 27, 2014 @ 09:05 AM

11 Kitchen Island Ideas

Photos of Types of Kitchen Islands

The shape of your island will influence the flow of your kitchen. Take a look at these kitchen island designs and shapes to get ideas for your next kitchen island.

And then click here to see over 90 more custom home kitchen island photos on Houzz.

Types of kitchen islands: One-sided seating

Kitchen Island IdeasIslands with seating on one side or end function as great breakfast and casual eating areas. Limiting you seating to one side keeps the other sides fully functional - for cooking and storage - so your family can multi-task without jockeying for prime kitchen space.

Types of kitchen islands: Two-sided seating

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When you have a bit more square footage to spread out in your kitchen, adding an island with two sides of seating is ideal for large groups and events.

A raised bar area lends formality to holidays or events where you wish to lay out rows of serving platters.

Types of kitchen islands: Hidden seating

 Kitchen Island IdeasWhether your kitchen is large or small, incorporating a hidden seating area under the island can make a big difference.

Just tuck your unoccupied stools under this kitchen island - and open up a hallway of space between the kitchen and breakfast nook.

When adding hidden chair storage, you can often keep the same number of island cabinets, and just lose a bit of depth.  Or you can extend an existing island with a minimal overhang to create the hidden seating you desire, with a bit of added cost for additional granite and side walls.

In this kitchen layout, you should consider the trade-off of storage types.

Types of kitchen islands: Raised Eating Bar

Which is better, islands that are all one level or islands that have a raised area for seating?

Kitchen Island Ideas

All one level: Homebuyers that choose an island that is all one level often say they love the expansive work space. A single-level surface lets them spread out - especially when multiple people work at each side of the island.

Raised area for seating: Homebuyers that choose an island with a raised area for seating often say they love having that space as a family gathering area. In the mornings, their kids eat breakfast there. In the afternoons, they cook while interacting with their kids who sit at the island to do homework. The island is a contained space, still large enough to multi-task on.

Types of kitchen islands: L shaped

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You will find L-shaped islands in many large, open concept kitchen floor plans. L-shaped islands generally face two rooms, often a breakfast nook and keeping room or great room.

When homebuyers choose an L-shaped, rather than extra wide or extra long island, it is often because the L shape increases maneuverability in the space.

Types of kitchen islands: C shaped

Kitchen Island Ideas

A C-shaped or U-shaped island gives true spatial definition to your kitchen, even in an open concept plan. By defining the space better, C-shaped or U-shaped islands lend a more traditional feel to your kitchen without forgoing a casual cooking and dining feel.

Types of kitchen islands: Rectangle shaped

 Kitchen Island Ideas

Rectagle and square shaped are the most common type of kitchen island. A prep sink, such as the one pictured here, is great for an island that is wide enough.

If you kitchen is on the medium or small side, however, you may be more satisfied leaving out the prep sink in order to keep a more open, flat work space.

Types of kitchen islands: Odd shaped

Kitchen Island Ideas | Photos of Types of Kitchen Islands

A custom kitchen design can incroproate an island of any shape or size. In this photo, a hexagon shaped island mirrors the shape of the kitchen layout. 

Types of kitchen islands: Curved

Kitchen Island Ideas | Photos of Types of Kitchen Islands

If you love the configuration of a rectangular island, but want something a little different, consider rounding the counter top or adding unique angles on the sides.

In this photo, solid, carved wood legs were selected to give a French Country feel to this custom kitchen design.

Types of kitchen islands: Extra wide

Kitchen Island Ideas | Types of Kitchen Islands

Super-sizing your island is one of the biggest kitchen design trends of 2014.

Types of kitchen islands: Extra long

Kitchen Island Ideas

And when your kitchen serves so many functions - from date night cooking sessions to homework help stations - it is easy to see why more homebuyers are opting for extra wide or extra long islands.

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How big should my kitchen island be? | Kitchen Island Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 @ 12:04 PM

How big should the Island Be?

2016 Kitchen Island Designs

When thinking about the type of kitchen island you want to incorporate into your new home kitchen, here are top five questions to keep in mind:

1. How large is your kitchen?

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

5. What functions are most important?

 

1. How large is your kitchen?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

In general, islands work best in larger kitchens and peninsulas work better in smaller kitchens.

Kitchen design tip: you want enough space to navigate around the island - maximizing the functionality of the extra counter top and cabinet space it provides.

 

 

 

2. What shape is your kitchen floor plan?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Long, thin kitchens work best with a thin rectangular island.

  Wider or more square kitchens work best with a wide rectangular or angled island.

 The shape of your kitchen will help determine the size and shape of your island.

 

 

3. Do you want to incorporate seating?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

Most islands can be expanded to incorporate bar-height OR counter-height seating, as long as the kitchen floor plan is large enough.

In this example photo, the island was angled towards the great room, slightly off-set from the kitchen.

The counter height seating creates a smooth, clean look that matches the contemporary lines of this home.

Click here to see photos of a home with two kitchen islands - one designed for table-height seating.

4. Will you need a secondary / prep sink?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design Tips

 

 Prep sinks are gaining popularity in 2014 new home kitchens.

 When thinking about your island size, keep in mind where the prep sink will go.

 Dual sinks are generally placed on opposite ends of the kitchen - maximizing utility and efficiency.

 

 

 

5. What functions are most important?

How big should my kitchen island be? | 2014 Kitchen Island Design TipsWhen thinking about your ideal island design, will it include tons of storage? More counter space? A place to add a wine refrigerator?

Many island have two-sided cabinets (such as examples 1 & 4 in this article) for easy-access storage.

If you want counter space, re-think adding a prep sink.

An island may be the ideal place to add a drink fridge.

 

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