When designing a Freestanding Island within your Kitchen, consider the following when planning your design:
1. Worktop space
Ensure your island is a good size. You don’t want the island to be too narrow, preventing you from using thE space effectively. Always try and create an island to have at least a 900mm depth. This will allow you to fit 600mm units below the one side and barstool seating on the other, making it multifunctional.
2. Prep bowl
If you’re doing a complete remodel of your kitchen and are planning to movie services etc, consider adding a prep bowl sink to your island. This creates an easy worktop station where veggies can be washed, cut and prepared all on one surface.
3. A Bin
Add an under counter or pull out drawer bin into your kitchen island. This makes chopping and preparing food much easier because the island surface is often where most prep takes place and it will save you from having to make ten million trips to bin, saving you time in the long run when the family’s hungry after a busy day.
4. Good island size
Try to maximse your island as much as possible. A Kitchen island is generally positioned in the centre of an open plan kitchen. Bear in mind that you only really need a minimum of 900mm walkway space all around the island for getting around easily in the kitchen space. Mark out 900mm from every edge of your perimeter cabinets and work in from this dimension to create your island size.
5. Create enough leg room space for seating
As mentioned above, it’s always nice to create a multifunctional island for your kitchen so that guests and family can sit in this area while you prepare a meal for them, creating a social environment. The minimum amount of leg room needed on a barstool seating area is 300mm so extend your stone or countertops by 300mm over your base units to create an overhang for seating to be pushed into.