Kitchen islands have several potential uses. As you consider the kitchen island design rules, you must decide how you’re going to use this space. If you’re envisioning family or friends gathering around the island to socialize, make sure it’s at least counter height and long enough to fit a few bar stools.
You might even want to append a small bar, so the island is at two different heights, with the elevated section being where people can place food and drinks and the lower area for food prep.
If you want more room to prepare food, you should keep the whole island at the same level to maximize the space. Be sure to add electrical outlets to the island if you plan to prepare food on it, since you might be using a can opener, blender, crockpot or other small appliances.
Consider features you’d like to add to the island. Do you want to add a small sink for food prep, or a standard sink for the dishes? If so, recall the corresponding kitchen sink design considerations and make sure your dishwasher is also part of the island, near the sink.
If you want to add an oven or cooktop to the island, leave at least 18 inches of space on both sides of the oven or cooktop, and consider using heat-resistant materials for the countertop.
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