Shoehorning an island into a kitchen that's too small is a mistake. Here are the minimum clearances the author uses between islands and cabinets, as well as minimum sizes for islands with different uses. Remember, these are minimums; it's better to be more generous if your floor plan allows.

Building a Better Kitchen Island

Shoehorning an island into a kitchen that's too small is a mistake. Here are the minimum clearances the author uses between islands and cabinets, as well as minimum sizes for islands with different uses. Remember, these are minimums; it's better to be more generous if your floor plan allows.

View of bench with doors open. Make sure that the frame underneath supports the doors. You can always add additional supports at this stage ...

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Follow these guidelines for optimal comfort. | Illustration: Arthur Mount | thisoldhouse.com

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