When homeowners commit to a kitchen remodel, they often want to include an island.
Years ago, in the 1950s, kitchens were large, but instead of “islands,” they had “tables” and “chairs.” But they also had Frigidaires and giant, checked floor tiles, so maybe it’s for the best that we’ve moved into the 21st century.
Now everyone who does a kitchen remodel wants an island, but those who do may worry. Will it fit? Should I move a wall? Should I skip the island?
An architectural designer said in a recent Washington Post article that 24 inches is the standard depth for a kitchen island because it’s the same size as a standard kitchen cabinet. If you go with this size, you’ll want to make sure you have enough clearance to move around the island.
Depending on your age and whether you plan to stay in your home for a long time, you may want to consider extra clearance — 48 inches — for assisted mobility devices, should they ever be necessary.
If you think you’ll do another kitchen remodel down the road, you may want to stay with the standard 36. Or, if you’re trying to save space, you may go with 30, but then you won’t be able to eat a lot of the food you cook!
If it turns out you don’t have space for an island without knocking walls down — and that’s not in your budget — you have some alternatives.
Other Kitchen Remodel Choices
Consider the portable island. Not the kind that isn’t affixed to the floor — one on wheels. Some of these are as big as regular islands, they just move around, so they won’t really help you, unless you want to move it every time you walk by. Look at butcher-block-style portable islands.
These can be enormously helpful, despite their diminutive size. They give you extra work space, and many come with drawers, shelves and hooks to store lots of useful items. Some even have a drop leaf for to use when you want an even larger area.
Another way to get extra workspace in your kitchen without taking up extra floor space is to have pull-out work surfaces. Some are so large they call them pull-out tables! When you’re done with these, you can just wipe them off and push them back out of the way.
Falk Construction does general contracting, new home building and all types of renovations, but kitchen remodeling is our specialty. If you’re afraid your kitchen won’t have room for an island, give us a call and we’ll come take a look. We’ve designed and built hundreds of kitchens over the years, and we can find a solution for you.