Kitchen Island Size and Spacing Ideas



hey there and welcome to DIY projects with Pete in today's video renovation series we'll be taking a look at the kitchens layout and some of the things that we can do to maximize our space for entertaining and for hosting all of our family and friends now in today's video we're specifically going to look at the kitchen island and some of the things we want to think about when determining its size its shape and then the spacing around it so the walkways and the space between the kitchen island and your cabinets and appliances in this video we'll also take a look at some of the updates that we've done recently in the renovation and so if you enjoy this video and find it helpful please give it a thumbs up and subscribe and let's go ahead and get started here's a look at some of the recent progress we installed a Danish wood-burning stove which is a focal point of the entire room and it's a great source of heat we trimmed out the windows and now we're working on the kitchen layout for the new island that's going to be built in an upcoming video I put in all new appliances that are backed by a 10 year warranty and top-notch service by the Maytag man and I want to give a big shout out to may take for sponsoring this video when it comes to islands there's all sorts of options and ideas just doing a quick search you'll find tons of inspiration now as you might know I'm a big fan of concrete counters and so I'll be doing concrete counters in the entire kitchen and for this island now here's an example of a concrete island with waterfall edges and that just means the concrete continues all the way down on the sides I really like the concept and I think I'm going to incorporate it into the island that I make now the first thing I like to do to figure out the size of the island and the layout is to determine how much space is comfortable in different areas of the kitchen by opening up some of the cabinet drawers and doors I like to have at least around 40 inches between the cabinet's and an island and I'm going to do close to 4 feet for this layout so there's plenty of room to walk around one another and to work in the kitchen now you can certainly get by with less if you don't have as much space to work with I also like to open the appliances and to try and simulate some of the normal routines you have in your kitchen to see how the layouts going to function some refrigerators do have pretty deep drawers and so pull them out and see how much space you'll have when they're all the way out and you want enough room so it's comfortable but not too much so that it's a stretch to get from the counters the island once you figure out the best placement for the island I like to measure and mark where it will go this island will be one solid surface without any appliances or a sink which is going to help maximize the space for hanging out in the kitchen it seems like you know no matter how many couches and super comfortable chairs there are everyone always ends up hovering around the kitchen during the dinner parties and you know snacking on the hors d'oeuvres and the food around the island so because of this I typically like to build the islands at least about three feet deep by five to eight feet wide or so I want an island where I can have a few chairs and room to spread things out on so I'm going to line up the end of the island with the doorframe and make it about seven feet in width it's also important to think about spacing between other parts of the living space especially if you're going to have an overhang on one side so you can have a little seating area because you need extra space to walk behind the area where people are sitting I like to have about five feet of space between the islands counter and then things behind it now I had a few counter height stools sitting around to test the spacing for how many chairs will fit comfortably and so I'm going to space it so there are three chairs in this area and those chairs are also going to help in determining legroom and the length that you're going to want your overhang I typically like to do overhangs that are about 12 to 15 inches so you have plenty of leg room and space to tuck in the chairs when not in use I'm going to extend the concrete counters about 12 inches for the overhang on my kitchen island last year I helped my good friends Jake and Libby with their concrete countertops and the twelve inch overhang has worked really well for their set up so I'm going to model mine somewhat after what they did I'm going to add a couple electrical outlets to the kitchen island so I took a look at where I'll be able to run up the electrical from the basement during planning you'll also want to think about what you want to do for lighting in the kitchen I'm going to be doing recessed lighting in the kitchen with hanging pendant lights over the island area now if you have an attic above the kitchen this is going to make the wiring process a lot easier once I had the layout figured out for the most part I placed a rolling island card I had built a while back and I moved it around each corner to test the layout once again getting this right is key to a kitchen you're happy with so take your time with the process I also played around with the overhang depth and the legroom area and this is important to do especially since chairs come in all different shapes and sizes my friend Leah who is helping out with some of the interior design gave me the idea to give the kitchen island cabinets a contrasting color from the other cabinets so I think I'm going to go with a navy blue as it looks really sharp and clean here's a quick look at some of the other renovations we've done recently I tiled the entryway with a charcoal gray tile and did some temporary rails to make the entryway area safe when I get to it I'm thinking a steel rail and cabling would look real nice and keep that modern and open theme to the room the wood-burning fireplace was installed the hearth is made of steel and I'm thinking all plasma cut the front of it so it's round and doesn't come out quite so far the other option would be to find a glass hearth for it which would be really cool because you could see the wood floor underneath I need to put in the order for the windows soon and I'm thinking floor-to-ceiling windows to really bring the outside in to bring a lot of light into the house and then perhaps doing a folding door behind the fireplace because I could build a deck outside and you'd be able to walk right out and then to rotate the fireplace so it faces the outside while I'm entertaining friends and family on a cool summer night so that could be pretty cool I think the open floor plan and the new kitchen layout and island are all going to tie together nicely and be a great place to entertain alright thanks so much for tuning in I hope today's video will help in organizing your kitchen layout and maximizing that space to host your family and friends if you did find it helpful please give it a thumbs up and subscribe and we'll see you in the next video thanks again for watching and Cheers from Montana you

39 Comments

  • Saad Didouh

    April 13, 2019

    Thank you man

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  • tommygirl20247

    April 13, 2019

    Is a 4ft by 2ft island be enough for 2 bar stools? Would it be comfortable? There would be no sink, just a blank quartz island. I just want it there mostly for prep work, that why i moved the sink.

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  • george lowellohhdgg63nnd

    April 13, 2019

    New subscriber. What climate type/area are you in?

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  • danny302

    April 13, 2019

    Great video as usual.  Can you explain what kind of joist you have in the basement?  It looked like some type of 2×4 with metal strapping in between.  Is that true?  It was a quick shot in the video when you explained about putting outlets in the island…  Just never seen that here in NY.  Thanks!

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  • nellie prichard

    April 13, 2019

    that floor to ceiling windows sounds awesome.

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  • Interior Dost

    April 13, 2019

    Good one. I make similar videos in Hindi…..

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  • jbarres80

    April 13, 2019

    Good video I keep going back and forth on island size think Ima grab a rolling cart for now to see how the kitchen flows

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  • Austin Butler

    April 13, 2019

    Looking forward to the island build video!

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  • SABRINAKID

    April 13, 2019

    Can't wait to see the rest of the kitchen.. Cheers from argentina!

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  • Saquilo Tube

    April 13, 2019

    ??? Fabrício here! Just changed my account name! Cheers from Canada

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  • Adrian Orozco

    April 13, 2019

    Eames rocker?!?! Livin' large Pete, livin' large! Great video.

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  • Susan Lee

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for your replies? I wish you much blessings and success! Beautiful work! I personally prefer pull out drawers to those lower cabinet drawers because it is easier to utilize all your space.

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  • Joe Wilshire

    April 13, 2019

    House looks amazing! Love that fireplace too.

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  • Rohad Salem

    April 13, 2019

    keep up the good work

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  • Susan Lee

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks for the reply??

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  • James Fuller

    April 13, 2019

    I just pressed thumbs up after 10 seconds because I knew it was gonna be a god video ?

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  • jackson george

    April 13, 2019

    looks great. I was wondering if in another video you could make a chicken coop and run.

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  • Peter Poertner

    April 13, 2019

    Great visualization Pete!  The painters tape on the floor, using objects around the house to help you see how the finished project fits in and simply opening your appliances in relation to the island are awesome pointers!  The island project in itself is exciting, but when you started talking about opening the wall with folding doors out to a deck…Forgeddaboutit!

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  • J2Woodwerks

    April 13, 2019

    Looking forward to seeing how the concrete waterfall turns out!

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  • 1806StoneHouse

    April 13, 2019

    Nice video as always..

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  • Mart Dorgelo

    April 13, 2019

    Wow, I love the rotating fireplace!

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  • Way Woodworking

    April 13, 2019

    Looks great Pete!

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  • Anees Hussein

    April 13, 2019

    I hope you get a good result with concrete. I like the idea of waterfall table.?

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  • Susan Lee

    April 13, 2019

    I am wondering if that was inches or feet. No frame; it looked like you were outside but there was snow. The glass was insulated,and it was the whole length of the kitchen, dining, and living area. In the video it also showed interior floor and exterior floor which looked the same with the panoramic, folding doors closed and it looked like a beautiful painting. Suppose that can be good or no. ?

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  • Susan Lee

    April 13, 2019

    It was an add that I shared with my brother, who was also interested. It was a glass wall like a huge picture window. I googled it, and there are several companies. One has a span of up ( I think -56 or 58” ). There are several manufacturers. The ones we saw on the video add were all glass and was an exterior wall. You could open it up to make part of the outside an larger living space or for a party. Google it. They rock! They fold to the area of a reg door when opened completely yet they are secure when closed. We were sold from the add however we don’t know the price as he was looking for the right piece of .land. BTY I love that you actually measured for use of chairs. There is an impasse with chairs on our island if there are chairs at the table.How efficient is that gorgeous stove?

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  • rich hubert

    April 13, 2019

    Wow you have some wonderful ideas for you place! I can't wait to see what you do next! I love your floors to Pete. That's an awesome fire place. Hope the weather is treating you well. Take care Pete.

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  • Lazarus Live

    April 13, 2019

    Such a beautiful home❤️

    LOVE the floors.

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  • Paul Kelly

    April 13, 2019

    It’s my mate Pete! Always a great day when I get notified you have a new video. ?

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  • Big Mike is talking

    April 13, 2019

    1:35 sure hope you are making pull out drawers for that cabinet…..better yet drawers instead of doors to begin with.
    What a mess and difficult to access!!!!!

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  • Susan Lee

    April 13, 2019

    Have you seen panoramic windows? They open up a whole wall area and when they are open the space is only about the same as an open door. They are also secure. Many have not heard of them so thought I would mention it_

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  • Barry Roberts

    April 13, 2019

    Pete your house is amazing and that Kitchen Island will look amazing as well. What else can i say about that Fire but WoW, i really love that it can be moved around to direct the heat, and the Summer Evenings idea would be brilliant. Send me an invite next time you have a party, ill be on the next flight with the wife of course. Keep on with this Renovation i'm lovin' it. Take Care.
    Barry (ENG)

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  • Walter Perrell

    April 13, 2019

    Looks great, can't wait to see the build.

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  • SofaWolf

    April 13, 2019

    nice video, and here another inspiration: you could make a little secret door or something like that to hide money, passworts etc, would be awesome 😀
    oh and nice yellow armband ^^
    ( is it a "LiveStrong" one ? )

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  • sillysausage72

    April 13, 2019

    Looking fantastic!

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  • gizem ipkin

    April 13, 2019

    ?????

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  • Uiruuete Uiraçu

    April 13, 2019

    Boa tarde DIY PETE, tudo bem? Muito bonito mais esse trabalho, parabéns. Mais um like. Feliz pascoa. Abraço forte…

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  • Brad Rohrbacher

    April 13, 2019

    Looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  • Abdul Abdul Salam

    April 13, 2019

    Nice

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  • Quinten Dewit

    April 13, 2019

    Love the vids mate

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