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The Right Kitchen Island Dimensions: Width, Height & Depth

Posted on: January 29, 2018

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Islands have become somewhat standard in kitchens today. They are convenient and can aesthetically enhance the space. But islands don’t necessarily work for every single kitchen. Sometimes a space may simply be too small for an island.

So what are the right kitchen island dimensions? Find out below! Located in Maryland or Northern Virginia and want to talk to a professional directly about how an island can be incorporated within your dream kitchen? Click below to contact us!

Kitchen Island Dimension Information

How to Create Your Dream Kitchen Island

The island can be the heart and central hub of your kitchen, but it needs to be the right size. Think a “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” kind of design. Too small and it won’t function the way it should, too big and it can hinder traffic flow and decrease overall efficiency—it needs to be just right.

The dimensions of your island will depend on how it’s being used.

How Tall Should a Kitchen Island Be?

Is your kitchen island used for mainly food preparation and cooking? 36 inches is a recommended standard height. Seating at a 36-inch-high island is somewhere between a typical kitchen table seat and typical bar stools. Some professionals recommend 42 inches for an island that will be used mainly for seating/eating.

How Wide Should a Kitchen Island Be?

Many islands are about 2 or 3 feet but if you need more counter space, seating space, etc., you can go a little larger. Approximately 7 feet is sometimes necessary if you want a cooktop or sink in the island.

How Deep Should a Kitchen Island Be?

It’s recommended that your island should be at least 2 feet deep. Leave enough room on all sides—3 feet of floor space on the ends of the island is good. Remember—you want to be able to move around easily in the kitchen.

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Other Kitchen Island Tips

  • Islands can be great places for extra storage! Usually, two 24-inch base cabinets back to back can accommodate most under-island storage purposes.
  • Two-tiered kitchen islands can be great for multiple functions. For instance, you can use the lower level for food prep and the higher level for eating (with tall bar stools or chairs).
  • If you do a lot of cooking, an island with a second sink or stove may be ideal.

Ready to get started designing your dream kitchen island for your home in Virginia, Maryland, or DC? Talk to us today! Contact our kitchen island experts online or by dialing 301-363-4064.

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When it comes to your kitchen island, the sky is the limit! A custom kitchen design will look exactly how you want it to—including the island. Our professionals can help you come up with the best design, in terms of efficiency and aesthetics, based on your budget and the size and shape of your kitchen.

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