How to Choose the Right Kitchen Island Size for Your Kitchen Space

June 5, 2013

Having a brand new kitchen is a great feeling. However, if you want to get a kitchen island, you need to have some advice to avoid selecting the wrong one. Without this information, your dreams may be dashed when you realize your kitchen island in your custom home is taking up to much space for your kitchen to be productive. Here is some advice to help you in selecting the right kitchen island size for your kitchen:

1. Consider the Purpose of the Island

A great item for you to start to consider is what purpose the kitchen island will be serving for you. In the kitchen, it will have a countertop, but you need to consider if you will have a sink in the island, or a stovetop, or both. There are many ways to use a kitchen island, but knowing how you plan to use it can help you consider what other elements you need to include. With these being taken into consideration, you can determine the right kitchen island size you need.

For example, if you are just using the countertop to have canisters sit on, then you may not need one as large. However, if you are using the stovetop, as mentioned, then you need to have enough space to put the stovetop, in addition to the pots and pans you will be cooking with and any extra prep space you would like to have. Another consideration is whether you will have a level surface or a raised split-level counter.

Level or Raised Island Counter?

If you decide that a kitchen island will work well in your custom home design, you need to figure out the type of island to have. Some people banish their kitchen table from the room and instead get two islands: one for preparing meals and the other for seating. You may also place bar stools at the island to allow people to sit and eat while watching you prepare meals. There are two basic island counters to choose from: a level surface and a raised split-level surface.

Level Surface Counters

Level surface counters allow people to sit at the same level as the person who is cooking meals. Level countertop surfaces can have many benefits. Seating will be lower for those individuals such as children and elderly people who may have trouble climbing up into high bar stools. Also, level surfaces give you the largest amount of space to work with when preparing large meals. 

Raised Island Counters

Raised island counters can separate the cooking space from the sitting space by having part of the counter raised. This prevents children’s fingers from reaching out to the cutting board as you are chopping up vegetables. A raised counter can also be a great option for setting out and serving food at meals with the family or for parties and gatherings.

Take into consideration the people who will be sitting at the raised counter because elderly people who have limited movement may find it hard to sit at high bar stools. For some raised counter designs, the lower section of the counter is for people to sit at in lower chairs as you cook on the raised part of the counter that is at a comfortable height.

2. Plan the Proper Amount of Cabinet Space

Generally, another big item to consider for your custom kitchen is the number of cabinets you want to have. Normally, you would want to have the lower levels of your kitchen island for storage space. However, you need to make sure you keep an eye on how much space you want to have.

The more cabinets you have, the larger your island has to be. With the larger cabinets and more cabinet space, though, you have more places to store your pots and pans or even food items.

3. Think About the Location of the Island Inside of the Kitchen

Another aspect which will impact the size of your kitchen island is where it is located inside your kitchen. You may have never thought about the size being impacted by the location, but it really is.

For example, if you are placing an island in the middle of your kitchen, it can be bigger as long as it doesn’t encroach on prep and movement around the kitchen. If you are placing the island a little bit off to the side of your kitchen, then you may have to go a little smaller so it doesn’t take over the area or limit movement.

Having the best looking kitchen around can be easier than you think. With your custom home, you may want to think about adding a kitchen island. This is when you should know more about how you can choose the right size of the kitchen island.

Without any information on how to select the proper size, you can have trouble in getting these to fit into your home or even worse select an island which does not suit your home at all. Your custom home builder can help you through the process to ensure you end up with exactly what you want.