Adding an island in a smaller kitchen is a very common kitchen design mistake. When it comes to kitchen islands we generally think of additional storage and another preparation surface in the kitchen, but the reality is that kitchen islands can take a lot of your space and they’re not always a ‘good-to-have’.
Including an island that interrupts your workflow or placing it in the wrong spot can be a disaster, especially in a smaller kitchen.
Take a look at our first example of an IKEA kitchen that’s too small to house an island:
This is the same island within a larger kitchen (150″ x 150″). The dimensions of the kitchen are more reasonable but the island size is still not very functional even when the space to walk around is adequate:
If you’re dreaming of an island that can accommodate your whole family, keep in mind that you’ll need a kitchen that’s at least 12′ 6″ x 15′ 6″ to keep a minimum of 42″ around the area:
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