It says above that there should be at least 30" between the island and surrounding counter tops. We are looking at creating an island out of what was previously a galley kitchen and will be left with 27". Is this a bad idea? I do not foresee it being a high traffic route in to the kitchen, and the idea is to create a very open looking space...please lend your thoughts
Most kitchen designers agree the infamous work triangle of sink-refrigerator-stove is now an outdated concept. Those designers are creating kitchen spaces to cater to the needs of busy families. How busy? Today's kitchen is the hub of family life, often serving as the primary dining space, accommodating multiple cooks, and housing a wider variety of appliances than our ancestors ever envisioned. And, at the center of that busy kitchen, many times there is an island.
How much space do you need in your kitchen to have an island? One of the most important considerations is allowing for ample walkways and room around the island. The minimum size for a comfortable island is about four feet long and at least two feet deep, so unless your kitchen is at least 8’ x 12’, and island probably isn’t an option. However, you might consider a rolling cart on casters or a tall pub table where you can both eat and prep food. Either way, you should allow at least 30-34 inches between the island and your surrounding countertops and cabinetry. In main traffic ways or walls with appliances, allow more space—42 to 48 inches between the island and wall. Be sure to allow space to open a refrigerator or dishwasher door and still have room for people to pass by.
If you have seating at the island, you’ll also need to allow space to pull out stools. At least 48 inches clearance on the seating side is ideal. One more thought—the island does not have to be centered in the kitchen. It can gravitate closer to the cooking area, creating a narrower aisle, to discourage guests and children from taking that route and acting as a buffer to the cooking zone.
To each his own when it comes to islands. Yours may function as more of a homework hub than a food prep or dining space, and that’s ok. The most important factor is making sure it fits you and your family and how you live.