6 Useful Things About Kitchen Island Counters You Should Know

We can understand the appeal of having a kitchen island counter at home. Island counters appear in almost every movie set. They make your otherwise boring and narrow kitchen look spacious and modern. As great as it is, a kitchen island can be the source of your problems if not planned and maintained properly.

Whether you already have an island counter, or thinking of having one, these are the six things that you should know about having one:

1. It has a main purpose

white kitchen island counter with sink
Photo credit: Freshome

Every kitchen island counter has a main function: it can be for washing, cooking, storage, and even for dining. The purpose of the counter shown in the photo above is for washing, as seen from the presence of a sink there. Determining the purpose of the counter beforehand makes it easier for you to plan and build it, avoiding it from becoming something that just takes up space.

2. A kitchen island counter needs sockets

kitchen island counter with power sockets
Photo credit: Bud Dietrich

You will be placing some electrical appliances on your island counter. Instead of using an extension cord or a long wire from the nearest wall, connecting these appliances to sockets that are on the counter itself makes your kitchen much safer. Many accidents happen in the kitchen, and tripping over wires should not be one of them.

3. Choose seats with the right height

kitchen island counter with seatsPhoto credit: Hunter Pro

If your island counter’s main purpose is for sitting and dining, then you need to take into account the height of the seats you’re getting. Not everyone is as tall as you, and not everyone is shorter than your kid. You really don’t want to create an uncomfortable situation where some of your guests have to hunch to reach their food or drinks.

Get seats that are of average height to accommodate more people.

4. Plan for some walking space

Island counters are not meant to take up a lot of space. They’re detached from the other kitchen cabinets so that you can enjoy extra storage and walking space. To move around comfortably and avoid accidents, professionals suggest a minimum 36-inch walking space between the island counter and cabinets or wall.

small kitchen island counter
Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens

5. You can divide the counter

kitchen island with separate counters
Photo credit: Cutenareta

You can divide your kitchen island to create two separate counters. As shown above, you can use one for the secondary sink, and the higher one as a bar or dining lounge. This design makes your island counter a multipurpose one. It will also make an otherwise small counter look bigger.

6. It should fit the work triangle rule

The kitchen work triangle dictates that the stove or oven, sink, and fridge should be located opposite each other to resemble a triangle. This arrangement ensures that kitchen work can be carried out efficiently while maximising the space available.

So if your island counter is meant for cooking, it should be built near to the sink or fridge, and vice versa.

kitchen work triangle with kitchen island counter
Photo credit: Design Strategist

Last but not least, you might need the help of a designer to plan the location and build of your kitchen island counter. At Kaodim, we have many experts in kitchen design who can help you build your ideal model or improve your existing one. Just tap the button below and tell us what you have in mind, and we’ll send you some quotations from professional contractors to choose from so you’ll be on your way to having the island counter you’ve always wanted.

written by Esther Chung