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How to Design a Kitchen with an Island | Kitchen Design Tips

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 @ 05:11 AM

How to Plan Your Kitchen

Top 5 Kitchen Island Aspects to Keep in Mind


Kitchens with islands, when designed correctly, offer more counter space, additional storage room, and a convenient place to tuck appliances. What's not to love?

Before you settle on a new home floor plan with a kitchen island, make sure you take into consideration several important aspects:

1. LayoutKitchen Design Trends 2012

How big is the island, compared to the rest of the kitchen? Remember the difference between an island and a peninsula, and the pros and cons of each, based on kitchen size.

How open will your kitchen be, and what do you want the island to look out to?

A great room with lots of windows and a fireplace so you can have a cozy conversation with family and friends?

A living room with a TV so you can watch the game while working?

2. Walkways

Is there enough room left over in the kitchen for everyone to easily navigate the island?

While islands provide plenty of counter and storage space, they also take up floor space.

3. Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Do you want to include an eating bar with seating?

Island height and position can effect seating area possibilities.

It's recommended that you have a 10-12 inch difference between the island countertop and stool height. For example, a 42" island works best with a 30" stool.  



4. AppliancesIsland with Sink

Do you want the island to contain a sink, dishwasher, range, trash bin, or microwave?

Keep in mind - efficient working space requires easy access to the refrigerator, sink, and cooking range.

BUT, it's best to separate these three items into a "work triangle" for greater efficiency and ease of movement.

5. Outlets

Plan ahead - ask your builder where to add electrical outlets into the island, and include plenty of them. Don't try to stretch cords across a walk way!


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