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How Much Space Should be Between Kitchen Island and Ccounter?

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A kitchen island, although it occupies valuable space, is a great spot to cook, use for storage space, or even convert to an office. That is why more and more people are choosing, or at least considering, incorporating one into their kitchen. But while a well-designed island will allow you a fluid workflow that will make you enjoy your kitchen tasks, a poorly planned island can be very frustrating, and you could end up regretting your decision. One of the significant components of the kitchen island is the kitchen cabinet drawer soft close in addition to the countertop, an extra sink, and more. 

However, the counter plays a significant role in the kitchen, and when planning your kitchen design, you should think of the space between the island and the counter. This explains why it is essential because you won't want the length of your drawer to obstruct movement the next time you want to access the cabinet.

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the walkways between the counter and an island should be at least 36 inches. This is to provide a considerable space for free flow of movement within the kitchen. However, if the counter space contains other appliances such as dishwasher, stove, or sink and a work area, then the work aisle space or width should be between 42 to 48 inches. For an island where a side is used as an eating counter, space should be 36 to 44 inches wide. Doing so will provide a convenient space as a walkway and for seating. 

If you are considering setting up an island but in doubt about the space that should be between your kitchen island and the cabinet, read carefully and follow these tips as they will help you know whether or not you have enough space for a practical and functional island. 

1 Define the primary function of your kitchen island. 

Before you start thinking about the details that will make up your new island, it is essential to have a clear view of the significant activities you're going to be carrying out daily. 

You could have a multi-function kitchen island that allows you to eat, clean and prepare food, socialize, do homework, and even be able to consult a recipe from your laptop. All this must be very clear before making any decision so that your island becomes a perfect ally in your kitchen.

2 Minimum dimensions.

The dimensions of your kitchen island will depend mainly on the necessary activities you are going to be carrying out daily. However, it is recommended that the surface of the countertop is not less than 100 cm X 100 cm for small kitchens, for the island to be practical. If you opt for more elongated models, the minimum width can be 60 cm that still allows enough width to accommodate the smooth movement of food and other items.

Also, consider the factors such as the available space and length of the kitchen cabinet soft close drawer slides when deciding on your kitchen island size.

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3 Countertop height. 

The standard height of the kitchen islands is 90 cm, which is ideal for cooking or preparing food, but if you only want to use it for sitting and eating, a higher height is recommended, around 110 cm and closer to the traditional height of the bar bars. In the latter case, it is essential that you remember to leave a cantilever of at least 30 cm for the bar that allows you to move your legs comfortably. However, the kitchen drawer slides soft-close cabinet should be considered. 

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