Islands In The Stream: How To Tell If You Have Enough Room for A Kitchen Island

Posted on: 2019-05-15


An island can be a great addition to any kitchen renovation. Islands add increased storage, work surface, and can act as a place to sit and eat. If you have a small kitchen and think that you’ll never be able to have an island – think again! While it might seem counterintuitive to add an island to a tight kitchen because of the floor space it takes up, the pros often outweigh the cons. But how do you know what size to make your island? Read on as Parabola Developments discusses what you need to know when it comes to installing a kitchen island.

The Magic Number

When determining what size of island your kitchen can accommodate, there is one critical metric you need to remember: 36 inches. Make sure you have at least 36 inches of walking space around the island. This will make sure you still have space to move around comfortably and will keep your kitchen from feeling cramped.

Traditional Island Alternatives

Islands don’t need to be the huge solid granite topped rectangle that we have come to know. There are tons of opportunities for creativity when it comes to creating your island! Before selecting your island, consider what you want your island to accomplish. If you’re looking for eating space, you might go another route than if you were looking purely for a storage solution. Consider the following island ideas:

Movable Cart

Rolling islands or kitchen carts are an excellent way to add prep space and storage to your kitchen. The best thing about them though, is they can be pushed out of the way when necessary! Even the tiniest of kitchens will have space for some type of cart.


If your goal is more prep and eating space, you can’t go wrong with a table island. Stools can be pushed underneath the table during preparation and slid back out when it’s time to eat! The openness of the frame will make your kitchen feel and appear larger than if you installed a solid island.

Butcher Block Top

Making the top of your island a butcher block turns your regular island into a chef’s dream. This environmentally friendly countertop is easy on the eyes and doubles as a cutting board.

Looking to build the kitchen of your dreams? Contact the team at Parabola Developments today to book your free on-site consultation.


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