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6 things to consider when planning your kitchen island

Kitchen islands are a lovely addition to any bespoke kitchen design. Not only are they functional, but also add plenty of extra storage and visual appeal to the room. When planning a kitchen island, you need to carefully consider a few things before that.

In this guide, we will go over the things to consider when planning your kitchen island

What will be the main use of the island?

Asking yourself this question from the start will enable you to proceed with the implementation of this feature in the kitchen in the best possible manner. That way the island itself can function the way you envision it.

Typically, the island can be a social hub, where you can sit and dine with your family and friends. You can also use it as a home office space, or perhaps a meal prep area. Extra storage is something you will also have to consider. Maybe you can also equip the island with a sink or a hob. These are all important considerations, which determine the use of it, and the best design route.

Kitchen space required

There are no two ways about it: kitchen islands take a lot of space. If the room doesn’t allow for at least 3 metres in depth for the island, you need to reconsider. Perhaps you can choose to have an island with narrow cabinets, and perhaps a smaller overhang. In any case, it is worth it to discuss your options with a kitchen designer, so that you can ensure the possibility of an island is there.


In the majority of cases, people opt for a rectangular or square kitchen island, because they are both space-efficient. However, you need to be a bit open-minded about it and also consider a T-shape, or L-shape. These are viable solutions depending on the position of your doors and windows in the kitchen. If you have space, you can also think about a curved island, for a little bit of wow-factor.

Kitchen Island DesignWork surface of the kitchen island

The shape and size of the island are usually connected to the type of countertop you want to put on the island. A lot of stone worktops come in slabs, which support about 3m x 1.5m. islands in size. Any joints in the island usually spoil the look. Wooden work surfaces, on the other hand, are easily shaped and can support different sizes. Corian is an acrylic countertop material, which also takes any size you want, and can fit any island.

Sink on the kitchen island

If you perhaps don’t want to include a hob on the island, you may move the sink there. However, do keep in mind that a small island is not ideal for a sink, because dirty pans and dishes may take over quickly. Getting water feed to the island is also something to consider.


If the kitchen island is going to serve as a social hub, you will need to arrange the seating. How many people it will be able to accommodate largely depends on size and shape. You need about 50-60cm per person. If you don’t have space for both, perhaps you can consider combining the kitchen island with banquette seating. This gives you a nice place to sit and dine, all the while providing a great use for the island.

When you are implementing a kitchen island design in your home, you always have to consider the important factors that go along one such decision. Hopefully you are now better prepared to do just that.

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