How to Measure a Kitchen Island: A Quick Guide

How to Measure a Kitchen Island: A Quick Guide

Many people use their kitchens for more than just preparing delicious meals. They now serve as alternative dining areas, or spaces where homeowners can entertain their guests. One feature that allows a kitchen to serve multiple purposes beyond meal-prep is a well-designed kitchen island.

How to Measure a Kitchen Island: A Quick Guide

A properly designed kitchen island enhances the functionality and beauty of a kitchen. A poorly designed island, on the other hand, can hinder homeowners from fully maximizing their kitchen space, leading to the need for home repair down the line.

If you’re planning on adding an island to your kitchen, you’ll need to take some measurements to ensure you design the feature properly:


The depth of an island determines how it can be used. If it’s too narrow, you won’t be able to use it for large kitchen projects, let alone as a dining space; too wide and it might eat up a huge chunk of your kitchen, making it difficult for you to move around.


Next, you’ll need to determine the height of your island. Too low and it will cause back problems; too high and it’ll be uncomfortable for meal prep. As a general rule of thumb, choose a height that’s suitable for your home’s main cook.

If you foresee a lot of standing while working in the kitchen, or plan to use bar stools to make the island a diner, a height between 900-950 millimeters would be enough, according to kitchen and bathroom remodeling experts.

Spaces Around the Island

Moving around your kitchen island should be easy. Make sure to put at least 900 millimeters of movement space between the island and walls, furniture or other fixed appliances.

Also, make sure to leave at least 1200 millimeters of space between the island and the busy areas of the kitchen like the stovetop or sink, as well as areas with appliances that need plenty of room to open, like an oven or fridge.

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