Adding a Kitchen Island

If you want to enhance your home d��cor and add both value to your home and utility space in your kitchen, consider installing an island. Kitchen islands can be a simple as a free-standing table, a work station on casters, or a permanent combination of cabinet space, cutting surfaces, and serving space.

The first step is to determine your budget range. Once you know your budget, you can start shopping around. There's a wide range of pre-made islands that come in a variety of materials, colors, and styles to match your d��cor. Or, you can have a kitchen island designed to complement your existing walls and cabinets.

Using the Kitchen Work Triangle
In planning your island, it is typically essential to measure your kitchen's square footage and consider an addition that sits comfortably in the center of what home d��cor experts call the "work triangle." The triangle measures the distances between the major components that take up most of your kitchen space: the refrigerator, sink, and stove.

Here are the general rules of thumb:

  1. Each leg of the work triangle should fall between four and nine feet
  2. Cabinets should not intersect into any leg of the triangle by more than a foot.

You want to ensure that common traffic patterns your family follows through the kitchen do not intrude into the triangle. By stacking cardboard boxes in the intended space, you can get a rough idea if your planned island will fit comfortably in your kitchen.


By adding a kitchen island, you can increase your work and storage space, as well as bring a new look and feel to your home d��cor.