Designing a Kitchen Island: Part 2

 In blog, Kitchen

Last time, we started a discussion on how to design a kitchen island. We’re back with a few more points to consider when you’re beginning your kitchen remodel.

How Much Storage Do You Require?

Every kitchen is different. Some have more room for cabinets than others, so storage may not be a top priority. If your island’s purpose is for prepping and cooking, you’ll still want some storage space for cutting boards and utensils. Many designers say your island should have a three-foot width, though others say two feet work just as well. The length can be as short as four feet, but if you want things like a sink, a dishwasher, etc., the island may need to be up to seven feet in length.

Counter Height

Depending on what your island’s purpose is, you could have an island with two heights. One would be a 42-inch bar with barstools for seating, and the other would be the appropriate height to cook and prep food. The step in between can also be used as a location for extra electrical outlets. If you do intend on making a seating area, a 12-18 inch overhang works best.

Kitchen Layout

Depending on how big your kitchen is, it can be tricky to figure out exactly where to place your island. You’ll want to leave about 42 inches of space behind the working side of the island and about three feet of space on the sides. The amount of space left of the seating or entertaining side of the island is dependent on the overall room layout.


Chandeliers and pendants are excellent choices for lighting a kitchen island, as they can focus light on a specific area. If you have a two-tiered island, strip lighting can be installed on the working side of the island. Consider a dimming light so that you can switch from task lighting for cooking to mood lighting for entertaining.

Niron Depot is an expert source for kitchen and bath remodeling. Contact us to visit our showroom, where you can explore elements to use in your new kitchen island.