Who doesn’t love a big, beautiful kitchen island! Lots of space, room to spread out, an extra sink, a seating and dining area….islands are family friendly and a practical addition to any home. Follow the tips below for efficient design and maximum impact:

– All 30-34 inches between the island and the cabinetry that does not include appliances.

– Allow 37 inches minimum between the island and a sink, and 39 to 42 inches is even better.

– For main traffic areas or locations that do include an appliance, allow at least 42 to 48 inches.

– Keep the kitchen triangle in mind and DON’T cross traffic between it. The kitchen triangle is the refrigerator, stove and sink.

– If you have seating, allow room to pull out the stools – at least 48 inches of clearance.

– The island doesn’t have to be in the middle of the kitchen. If you move it closer to the cooking area it will even discourage guests from using the space to get from one room to the other.

– The minimum size for a workable island is four feet long and two feet deep. And, too big of an island just collects clutter so bigger is not always better.

– Don’t forget to consider function when you design your island. Keep the cabinets under the island for pots and pans near the stove, and lifestyle items (cookbooks, supplies etc.) should be on the outside of the island. Open shelves are a pretty option.

– A table setting zone is also practical and gives kids a place to be helpful but out of the way.

– A second sink far from the stove is useful and allows extra cooks to chop and clean away from the action at the stove.

– The top tip: Design the island accordingly to your style in the kitchen, and then organize around appliance placement and activity. Dishwashing and cleaning habits and you will have a beautiful and practical kitchen island that is worth its weight in granite!