Kitchen Island Bars

Is your kitchen large enough to accommodate a kitchen island with seating? Understanding measurements and space considerations will help you decide.

Contemporary Kitchen with Multi-level Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Multi-level Kitchen Island

Installing a kitchen island bar will add countertop and storage space, but it can also provide a designated area for in-room dining, particularly in cozier spaces where seating was not previously an option.

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Rustic Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Large Island

Contemporary Kitchen

Picasa

Mediterranean Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Featuring Green Granite

Black and White Transitional Kitchen

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Modern Design Open Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Country Cream Kitchen with Island and Pot Rack

Kitchen with Island and Pantry

Ben Rollins

White Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen with Yellow Wall

Blue Kitchen with Island

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Country Kitchen with Blue Island

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Julia West

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Chandeliers

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Pot Rack and Copper Pots

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen with Bar

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen

Gray Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen with Bar

Contemporary White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

Yellow and Green Retro Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island Seating

Contemporary Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen with Island

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Barney Maier

Transitional Kitchen Island Seating

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Bo Li

Kitchen with Island

Denver Parade of Homes Photo Credit: HDR Homes

Kitchen with Island and Recycled Stools

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Photo Credit: Ralph Kylloe

Brown Old World Eat-In Kitchen

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Black and White Kitchen

Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

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Kitchen Island with Multi-Colored Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Island

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Orange Wall

Transitioanl Kitchen with Island

Stainless Steel Kitchen

Shaker Kitchen

Kitchen Island with White Chairs

Kitchen Island with Seating

Traditional Brown Kitchen with Island

Family Kitchen

Bright Kitchen

Cottage Kitchen with Island

Peter Rymwid

Open Kitchen with Large Island

Old World Style Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Round Counter Bar with Pendant Lighting

Blue Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Wood Counter Island

White Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Small Kitchen Island

Open Kitchen/Living Room with Island

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Neutral Kitchen with Bar Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Kitchen with Island Bar Seating

Large Kitchen Island with Lighting

White Kitchen with Island

White Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen Island

Traditional Kitchen Island

However, whether choosing from a selection of pre-designed, portable kitchen island bars or building an island to fit your kitchen's specifications, the most important considerations are space and placement.

Above all, kitchen islands require a good deal of space. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends a minimum surface area of about 3 feet by 4 feet. You'll also need to keep traffic patterns in mind—walkways should measure at least 42 inches wide for unobstructed passage, according to NKBA.

Other considerations, beyond comfortable island seating (think counter- or bar-height stools, depending on height, with arms or swivels) include at least 24 inches of countertop space for elbow room, and anywhere from 12 to 18 inches of space between the knee and counter (depending on the counter height) for clear knee space.


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