Kitchen island

I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams about a big kitchen with space to have a kitchen island in it. The only downside of it is that it really needs a lot of space. It can be built in, or we can buy some individual mobile ones too, which look like a higher table or cabinet. These ones are perfect if we have less space to work with. It can provide us with more work surface or more storage space. The island can turn a one-wall kitchen into a galley style, and an L-shaped layout into a horseshoe.


But do you have enough space to have a kitchen island? This is a question I often hear, and so many people make the mistake and build an island, when in reality, they really don’t have the space for it. If you do this, you won’t make your life more comfortable, rather uncomfortable and it will be inconvenient. Let’s see what sizes your space need to have in order to build a nice kitchen island.


It is a very comfortable layout, it requires at least 14-16nm space. You need to decide in advance, which function will the island have. Also don’t make the fridge, cooktop, oven and sink too far from each other, because you will need to walk around too much in the kitchen. It is very ideal for a family, because the island can function as a dining or breakfast area too and separate from the living room.

Scandinavian kitchen island

Love this two toned kitchen island, a nice minimal-scandinavian style combo. photo: Shutterstock



If you want to put a main function on the island it is better to opt for a peninsula kitchen, that is connected to your cabinets. Peninsulas function much like islands but offer more clearance in kitchens, that do not allow appropriate space for a true island. It is usually in one room with the dining room and living room, and it is mostly ideal in larger spaces, in small spaces it looks too crowded. One leg can also be built-in with only high cabinets here too, but try to keep it balanced and airy in other parts and don’t use too many upper cabinets in this case.

Island functions

You can install the sink and the oven too if you have a large island like this. photo: Shutterstock

Always have about 48” (120cm) space around your island, between the cabinets and the kitchen island.

There are more types of kitchen islands. You need to decide this in advance to know, how to build it, what needs to be installed, etc.


One is the ‘basic island’, which is like another space to prepare food provides storage, and there is plenty of space around it. It can be a ‘work island’, so there is the oven, the sink, the cooktop and maybe the dishwasher. It mainly supports cooking and baking at the same time, but I only recommend this if you have a lot of space on your island. In these cases the height of the island should be the same as the rest of the cabinets, so 36” all together. Last, but not least it can be a ‘bar island’. It is mainly for friend gatherings and parties, and supports sitting by the island as a bar table with stools. In this case the height of the island should be 42” high, and the bar stool should be 12” from the top of the island.

Kitchen island type

The faucet on your island can be the jewel of your kitchen. photo: Shutterstock

And just in case you don’t have space for one of these large amazing islands, don’t worry. There are some small options too, that are like a table and can function like a kitchen island. Like this one for example.

Island with wheels

This type of island can fit more kitchens than a built huge island. photo:

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About the Author: Agnes Czedula

Hi, my name is Agnes Czedula founder and creative director of Style Fragments! I am an interior designer, stylist and decorator. I’m in love with everything in connection with style and design and my heart belongs to interior design and styling. I’m a perfectionist in my work and my personal life too, while trying to allow myself to have fun and not take myself too seriously. I find that most people struggle to find the right items for their home and to mix different items in order to get to look they see in a magazine or on a blog. My mission is to make you more confident styling your home and to mix styles with one another! I want you to be confident walking into a store and choose the right pieces for your home.


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