DIY kitchen island with 4 seating ideas??
Nancyd on Jan 22, 2018Purchased used wall cabinets that were 36 inch tall and 12 inches deep. They are many different widths so you can adjust your island size. I bought two wall cabinets and a pc of laminate matching my existing cabinets. It is 24x48. I cut 6inches off the back and reused it as the backsplash. Mine sets up against a wall so a prebuilt island would never work. This way I got more storage and room for 4 saddle bar stools with 6 inch overhang on the three sides.1 marked as helpful Reply
Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 22, 2018When your talking about a small kitchen, how small the first question you need to look at before adding a island. By code you need 36” of clearance between the cabinets and island on both sides. Even then you get two people trying to cook on the one side of the island your struggling getting around each other! But the main reason for this code is you also need 36” to get a refrigerator or freezer thru the area between your cabinets and island! Even though 36” is alright, I really prefer 48” between the cabinets and island to give more space for two people to get by each other. Especially when one of the people on the larger size! So you really need a room at least 10 foot wide for a regular size island and 12 feet even better if you got a eatting space on the opposite side of the island so when people or kids are eating at the island there’s still room to walk behind them while there seated eating! I’ve designed a lot of kitchens over the years and islands certainly ruin the flow of a small kitchen. Whenever possible I will design a peninsula shape kitchen where you still get a island but it’s not in the middle of the kitchen blocking working space and you still get the eating area your looking for! Depending on the kitchen layout this can be a fairly easy remodel or can be more complicated depending when your sink, stove, and appliances are at? You can get away with a 10x10 kitchen this way and still end up with a larger working area not to be Tripping over two or even 3-4 people in the kitchen. Although again 12x 8 will possibly still work in the right layout of the house. Still prefer at least a 12x10 kitchen though and again 12x12 even better!Min smaller kitchens where there’s going to be more then one person in the kitchen cooking especially, their island often goes away after trying to work with it in their way! If you want a eating space and have a open wall space or can open up a space. Sometimes your better off to have a eating area up against a wall to keep the center of your kitchen opened! Of course it’s your choice to decide, but may want to consider your space constraints your going to have by putting a island in the middle of a small kitchen?Helpful Reply
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Janet Pizaro on Jan 22, 2018with out all the long responses, browse through here for inspiration....https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kitchen-island-seating/?lp=trueHelpful Reply
Shoshana on Jan 23, 2018Here are some great ideas-https://www.hometalk.com/categories/woodworking/furniture/kitchen-islandsHelpful Reply
Nun32489822 on Jan 23, 2018if you have a clear wall space then mount a foldable leaf table the type are readily available from most DIY superstores, just an idea ericHelpful Reply
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