(Closed) will an island fit into a kitchen this small?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
7291 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If its smack in the middle of there…I don’t think it woudl be functional at all! It would be hard to cook and move about. If there is other space more towards a dining area, maybe!

Post # 4
88 posts
Worker bee

You need at least 3 feet clearance around the island to walk around/ open cupboards/fridge etc. You might have enough room for a very small island but it is questionable based on the pic i see. Measuring is the only way to know forsure. Another option is using the space in the dining area for a really large island instead of a kitchen table.

Post # 5
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It really depends on the width of the space and the size of the island.  I wouldn’t think anything bigger than a portable island cart would fit into that space.  And even with that it would hinder your ability to open the stove and the refrigerator doors.  Is there room to add countertop space in the place where the microwave is shown in the picture or is there a wall there?

Post # 6
1614 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I would invest in a mobile island that you can tuck away in a corner or closet, but when you have extra helpers, or need the space, its there…But its way too small, (in my non-carpentery opinion) for a stationary traditional island….Perhaps a bar on the end coming in towards the fridge???

Post # 8
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

First allow me to say, what a BEAUTIFUL kitchen! Second, an island will definitely not fit. But back to that gorgeous kitchen… 😉

Post # 9
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I suggest a mobil island as someone else said! 

Post # 10
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Nope, I don’t think the kitchen would be very functional. You get more than one person in there–you’re looking at a real cramped kitchen where you can’t even move!

Post # 11
46597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You could get a great stainless rack, attach industrial sized wheels and top with a butcher block to pull in when you want it.

Post # 12
2025 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We have a kitchen that seems to have about as much space as that, and we have a Boos block table that has worked out perfectly. I’d reccommend going that route instead of a permanant option.

Ours looks like this 

but Boos makes a whole slew of different sizing and style options. I think even Ikea makes cheap options, but I just preferred buying a really nice quality piece since we would be using it so often. 

Post # 13
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m afraid it would end up being way to cramped and crowded to add an island to a kitchen that size.

Post # 14
2103 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I wouldn’t do it.

Post # 15
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

How much clear space do you have between cabinets?

You want a minimum of a 3′ aisle on either side. Subtract 6′ from your clear interior dimension and if you’re left with at least 30″ – 36″ I think it’s worthwhile. Anything less is pointless.

Post # 16
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Your situation looks like ours.. we have an even smaller kitchen but needed more counter space for prep work ( I love to cook & bake) plus storage place for large heavy things (cast iron, le cruset) . We wanted an island too, but really its impossible. We really would like a new bigger kitchen but that too is impossible Wink.  So we got a island on wheels ( or his parents gifted us it!) , from Ikea, and it matches our stainless look perfectly, and the quality and durability is very nice for the price. It doesnt look or feel cheap, butcher block top is beautiful. I thought it would crowd things, but it is narrow enough to allow us to function and the extra space is awesome for cooking multi part things!! Here is a picture of our actual “island”. We may even add hooks to the outfacing narrow side for large pans/etc…. 

hope this helps w visual! We’ve had it about 8 mos now and I love it!! (Side note, I was against it in the begining, I felt it would “crowd” things!)

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