How wide does a kitchen need to be to have an island

Updated July 19, 2017

The kitchen is sometimes referred to as the heart of a home. If counter space and storage are a priority, then add an island to your kitchen. Kitchen islands provide additional workspace for preparing food and additional space for storage.

Consider the perimeter

The minimum size for an island is about 1.2 m (4 feet) long and 60 cm (2 feet) deep. However, the size of the island is not the only thing to consider when deciding to use a kitchen island. It is important to measure the available space surrounding the island. Around 90 cm (3 feet) is always a fair distance to measure between the edge of any side of the island and any other adjacent wall, cabinet, or appliance. If your space allows, between 1 and 1.1 m (around 40 to 42 inches) is preferred for additional navigation space.

Size of your kitchen

A kitchen should be at least 2.4 m (8 feet) deep and 3.6 m (12 feet) long to comfortably fit an island. At least 9.3 square metres (100 square feet) of kitchen floor area is needed in order for the kitchen island to be fully functional.

Smaller kitchen islands

There are some alternatives for smaller kitchens. One option is to use a portable island, which can be moved freely around the kitchen. Even though portable islands are smaller, they function the same as stationary islands.

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Living in Philadelphia, Pa., Andre Jones began writing professionally in 2009 as an undergraduate student. Jones has written for JOOS Online Magazine, "The Painted Word Literary Magazine" and the "Young Advocates for Urban Education Journal." He received his Bachelor of Arts in English education from Lincoln University.