Kitchen Island Design Tips

Kitchen island renovation

Not only is renovating a kitchen fun, but it can add a lot of value to your home. Whether you are picking out cabinets, tile, granite, quartz, or marble countertops, it is a very exciting process. But have you ever thought about the centerpiece for your kitchen? That would be the kitchen island, something that can make or break your dream kitchen. Here are some important tips you should think about before adding a kitchen island.

  • Traffic Flow: Make sure to have 36 to 48 inches of space on each side so you or your guests can walk through your kitchen easily.
  • Height: The height of your kitchen island is very important. The standard height for food prep is around 36 inches. The standard length ranges from 2-3 feet in width and 7 feet long.
  • Shape: If the traditional rectangle doesn’t work for your kitchen, you have other options. You could pick a curved, square, round, or an angular island for your kitchen. Be sure to also take into consideration the size of your space.
  • Traffic Flow: Make sure to have 36 to 48 inches of space on each side so you or your guests can walk through your kitchen easily.
  • Lighting: Lighting is a key element for any kitchen. Pendant lights are most preferred choice for kitchen islands. You can also add a layer of recessed lighting as well so that you can switching between soft ambient lighting and functional lighting.
  • Electrical Outlets: Don’t forget about your electric outlets in the island. Be sure to put one at each end.
  • Don’t Go Cheap: The kitchen island is the focal point of your kitchen so make sure to spend the extra money on your countertop, whether it’s marble, granite or quartz.
  • Picking A Spot: Remember, the center isn’t always the best place for an island. For example, an island that is for food can be placed near outlets and appliances, an island that is used for cleanup can be placed near the dishwasher and garage.
Kitchen island with bar stools renovation

A kitchen island can be a great addition to many kitchens. According to the National Associations of Home Builders, 76% of home buyers consider the island essential to the kitchen. Make sure to take careful measurements and a good look at how your kitchen is being used. East Coast Granite is here to help you with every step of the way without breaking your budget. We have design specialists that will make sure you have everything you need. Come visit us today so we can make your dream kitchen a reality!