How Much Walking Space Is Required Around a Kitchen Island?

updated May 2, 2019
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I’ve seen a lot of tiny kitchens sporting equally tiny islands, and if you’re set on having an island, it is possible. But how can you tell if an island will work in your kitchen? There’s one important dimension you need to know.

Most small kitchens with U- or L-shape layouts can accomodate an island, writes Better Homes & Gardens. But the key metric to keep in mind is that the walk space around the island should be at least 36 inches wide. So, a long island might not be in your future, but you might be able to swing a small, square version as long as you have enough walking space!

Do you have any other island tips for small kitchens?