I'm remodeling my kitchen and thinking of installing a kitchen island, but I live in a condo here in Nashville and I have a small kitchen (about 8 by 9 feet). Should I install an island or consider other additions instead?
Robert T. ~ Nashville, Tennessee
Hi Robert, A kitchen that is 8' x 9' sounds like it might be a bit small for a kitchen island, but I don't know what your current cabinet layout is. I suggest taking some painter's tape, a masking tape that comes off easily, and lay out the potential location of a kitchen island on your kitchen floor. Kitchen base cabinets are 24 inches deep, and you would probably have a one inch countertop overhang on each side of the base cabinet, so figure a total width of 26 inches. The length of the kitchen island can be just about anything you want it to be, as you can sit various widths of base cabinets next to each other.
Then walk around your kitchen as if you were cooking or working, and see if you think you have enough room to function without feeling confined. You also want to ensure that you still have room to open the doors on all appliances and cabinets.
I recommend you sketch your current kitchen layout down on a piece of paper, and locate all the doors and windows on it, and where your appliances are now. Then sit down with a kitchen designer at a cabinet company or home improvement store in Nashville, and spend a little time discussing your kitchen, and how you use it. They may have some great space saving ideas for you, and may be able to come up with a design which has an island, and even more working room than you do now.