The benefits of an island can be many. From simply adding additional storage and work-surface to providing a breakfast bar and a home for appliances; there’s certainly no denying the usefulness of an island. The question is how do you know if you have enough space for such an item?
As a rule of thumb, you need approximately 1 metre (3’ in old money) between the sides of an island and any wall or base cabinets. This space is required to enable you to not only manoeuvre around the kitchen with ease, but also, to allow you to fully open all cabinets and drawer boxes. For example, to fully open and pull down a dishwasher door takes a considerable amount of space and if there is a breakfast bar or integrated seating arrangement.
Besides space, the other consideration if you are to have it as a working island, is the practicality of getting services to the island such as water and electricity; almost anything is possible but of course, such requirements do have an impact on installation costs and this needs to be taken into consideration when planning your budget.
If you have your heart set on an island, but don’t feel you have enough space then talk to the Real Kitchen Co. With the Real Kitchen Co anything is possible since our bespoke manufacturing capability means that we can produce furniture to any shape or size; this greatly opens up the realms of possibilities that are often lost with brands offering standard sized cabinetry.