Three Keys to Selecting a Kitchen Island that Compliments Your Kitchen

An island in your kitchen serves as a centerpiece, so don’t purchase one a whim.

VASAGLE Industrial Kitchen Baker’s Rack Lead
Kitchen islands can add several feet of working space to your counters, and help you organize utensils, appliances, and cookbooks.VASAGLE

The kitchen island may be the most underappreciated piece in your kitchen, possibly even your home. It plays a number of different roles—roles that are important every day. A kitchen island is a place to cook, a place to prep, a place to store things, a place to work, a place to sit, and more. However, you need to decide which of those roles is the most important in your life, and the main purpose you want to bring a kitchen island into your home. Here are a few tips that will help.


Liberty Black Kitchen Cart with Wood Top by Home Styles
As a centerpiece, your kitchen island’s size means more than width, too.Home Styles

Most people think about width when looking at kitchen islands, which is a very important consideration. Find an island that has around 36 to 48 inches of space around it, providing enough room for people to comfortably walk around. If you plan to use your kitchen island as a place to sit, then make sure the height of the island will allow for that, with plenty of legroom. However, you don’t want the island to be too high to use for other purposes.

Open vs. Closed

Hodedah Kitchen Island with Spice Rack, Towel Rack & Drawer, White with Beech Top
If you have a smaller kitchen, you may want to go for an open kitchen island.Hodedah

Big kitchens can handle a closed kitchen island. The island doesn’t need shelves or open spaces to make the kitchen look bigger. But if you have a small kitchen, you may want to go for a kitchen island that has storage and/or shelving in it. Shelves help make an island appear to be less “heavy,” which is what you want in a small space.


VASAGLE Industrial Kitchen Baker’s Rack
While a rectangular kitchen island is typical, there are other shape options available.VASAGLE

You’ll find that most kitchen islands are rectangular in shape, as that universally fits most kitchens best. However, some people prefer different shapes that give their kitchen more personality. Depending on your kitchen, an L-shaped kitchen island or a T-shaped island could both work great. If your kitchen is a longer and narrower kitchen, you’ll want your kitchen island to match that, and if your kitchen is shorter and wider, then your kitchen island should be too.