Usually acting as an addition to the L-shaped layout, kitchen islands can add storage and counter space while giving friends and family an extra gathering spot. If you’re looking for a new kitchen island, we’ve got the facts to get you started.
When it comes to cost, kitchen islands run the gamut. Do you want a free-standing island that you can take with you when you move? Or are you looking to install a custom-built kitchen island? The latter will cost significantly more. In addition, the price depends largely on the material used, the size of the island, and the cost of labor. For more specific cost estimates, speak with a licensed kitchen contractor in your area.
While 42” is standard for a bar top, 36” inches is good if you’re looking to add stools (24” stools would suffice).
If your kitchen island is used strictly for cooking and food prep, then hanging a pendant light 30 inches above your countertop will ensure that the workspace is well-lit. If your island is used primarily for seating, then 36”-40” above the counter will keep lights from hanging directly in the line of sight.
In order to ensure that the rest of your kitchen appliances and countertop space is easily accessible, make sure to allow at least 3 feet between the island and any adjacent wall, cabinet or appliance.
Kitchen islands first began growing in popularity in the 1970s, when the size of the average kitchen grew substantially.
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