3 Tips For Designing Your Kitchen Island

Remodeling your kitchen can be a great investment. Not only can it improve the look and function of your home, but the remodel can also add a great deal of value to your house. The process of remodeling your kitchen can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you are making big changes, such as adding and removing cabinetry or moving the location of appliances. The addition of an island is also a big change that can offer big benefits. With this guide, you will learn a few tips to help you design the perfect island for your kitchen.


First and foremost, you need to make sure the size of your kitchen will accommodate an island. Remodeling contractors can help design the overall layout, making sure you have plenty of space for walkways and opening cabinet doors, drawers, and appliances while ensuring you have a functional work area.

There are a few specific guidelines to follow if you are wondering if your kitchen offers enough space for an island.

Walkways through and in/out of your kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide.

Spacing of the island is also important for creating a functional work triangle, which consists of a countertop prep surface and sink, connecting to the stove area. You should be able to move through this triangle with ease.


Once you determine your kitchen has enough space, you can begin to design the size and shape of the island. Fortunately, there is no right or wrong size or shape as long as your kitchen has enough room.

Many people opt for a large island with a rectangular shape that opens out into the family room, creating one large great room.

You can also design a small square-shaped island that sits in the center or off to the side of your kitchen. Even a small island will offer extra work space and even seating area for dining.


Most people want an island for extra work and seating space, but this kitchen addition can also be a great way to incorporate more storage space into your kitchen.

When designing your island, make sure it includes extra drawers and cabinets for storing food-prep items, such as knives and cutting boards. A cabinet that offers bins for waste is also ideal. If your island will include the sink and dishwasher, make sure there are drawers in its design for storing sponges, dish detergent, and dish towels. Contact a company, like Classic Cabinets & Remodeling, for more help.