5 Kitchen Island Design Rules

Beth Rice 21/09/2017

One island that you will never be deserted on alone is a custom-made kitchen island. Kitchen islands are a magnet for activity while adding storage, organization, and style to your kitchen.

Here are our top 5 kitchen island design rules to ensure you find the right one for your home and needs.

1. Take Measurements

To ensure plenty of room to perform tasks comfortably at your kitchen island and to retrieve stored appliances easily, allow for a 42” walkway on all sides of the island. If you plan to add seating, allow for an extra 34” to 46” in addition to the walkway.

Our kitchen islands often ship in one piece. View our helpful Delivery Tips and Tricks video for information on how and what to measure to ensure a smooth delivery.

2. Determine How Your Island Will Be Used

Look for features that will support your kitchen island activities.

For Food Prep

A butcher-block top like the one on our Amish Concord Butcher Block Kitchen Island is ideal. This island works well for kitchens that have a designated dining area with the island used primarily for food prep. It is recommended that you oil your butcher block once a week.


Amish Concord Butcher Block Kitchen Island

For Master Storage

If you’re using your island to help with storage and organization, the Amish Turned Leg Kitchen Island is made-to-order. It includes two cabinets, nine drawers, and adjustable shelves. Optional features are a wastebasket, wine rack, and mixer lift.


Amish Turned Leg Kitchen Island


For Casual Dining

Getting cozy and comfortable in the kitchen is an added benefit of having a kitchen island. The Amish Mission Kitchen Island with Self Storing Extensions offers versatile seating options. Self-storing table extensions make it easy to host an intimate dinner or accommodate larger parties.

Amish Mission Kitchen Island with Self Storing Extensions

3. Preparing for Seating

If your kitchen island will be used to dine and entertain, or if the kids will make it their spot for studying, factor in room for each place setting to measure 24” to 30” wide and 14” to 16” deep.

The Stool Rules:

  • Allow at least 24″ for each seat.
  • A 12″ overhang on the island is ideal if including stools.
  • Saddle stools and swivel stools are popular choices with kitchen islands. Swivel stools are especially popular because they are easy to get in and out of.

The Amish Clifton Mission Backless Bar Stool and the Amish Kenwood Swivel Bar Stool make great seating options for kitchen islands.

Amish Clifton Mission Backless Bar Stool

Amish Clifton Mission Backless Bar Stool

Amish Kenwood Swivel Bar Stool

Amish Kenwood Swivel Barstool

4. Organization Station

Make a list of what you plan to store in your island to make sure it has all the features and space you need.

The Amish Classic Mission Kitchen Island has built-in spaces for wine and wine glasses, along with wastebasket storage and three drawers, including a knife block drawer.

Amish Classic Mission Kitchen Island

The Amish Bayport Kitchen Island has ample cabinet and counter space. Store dining and kitchen supplies in its five drawers and two spacious cabinets. It is perfect for a devoted chef or baker.

Amish Bayport Kitchen Island


5. Furniture or Focal Point?

Decide on your kitchen island’s style. Do you want it to be a focal point, or do you want it to blend in with your kitchen cabinets?

The Amish Newbury Kitchen Island adds storage space, and the built-in seating serves as an attractive focal point.

Amish Newbury Kitchen Island

The French Country Kitchen Island catches the eye with a distressed finish.

French Country Kitchen Island

The Amish Space Mate Kitchen Island is versatile. Casters make it easy to move around, allowing for extra counter space or floor space when you need it.

Amish Space Mate Kitchen Island

Bring home a custom kitchen island that’s equipped with the features and style you want.

Beth Riceby Beth Rice (110 Posts)

Beth Rice started a dream job when she began as a content writer for DutchCrafters in 2015. She has an A.A. Degree from Manatee Community College, and studied Journalism at the University of South Florida for one year. Her published work includes a short story in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition and one children's book, "I"m Adopted, I'm Special." Conveying the qualities, functions and benefits of DutchCrafters furniture keeps her creative as she contributes to content throughout the website. An avid reader and devoted runner, Beth hopes to publish a novel in the future. DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog was started in 2012 to provide our customers and other readers with woodworkers stories, Amish culture information, and furniture selection or interior design tips.

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