A kitchen island is a popular option for many large sized kitchens, but recently there has been a growing trend involving increasing the size of these islands. An oversized island is larger than usual and can be a multi purpose space, bringing a number of benefits and advantages, if your kitchen is large enough. But what are the considerations for oversized kitchens? And how can you be sure to achieve the right results?

What are the important considerations for oversized kitchen islands? 

There are a number of important factors to consider when deciding on adding a kitchen island to your kitchen. These considerations include:

  • Assessing the space available
  • The purpose of the island
  • The style and design

Assessing the space available when choosing an oversized kitchen island

One of the first things to consider when thinking about adding an oversized kitchen island is the amount of space available. Because oversized kitchen islands are larger than usual, these require more space to ensure that the kitchen remains functional, and that the island does not overwhelm the space. In general, it is considered good practice to keep at least 1m of space between the island and other kitchen elements.

The purpose of the island

Deciding on the purpose of your oversized kitchen island is also important as the purpose of the island should play a pivotal role in its design. For example, if you want the kitchen island to be used for seating, you should incorporate a table top or breakfast bar, while if you want it to increase storage and worktop space, adding cabinets can be a good option. Because it is much larger than standard, an oversized kitchen island can even be used for multiple purposes effectively.

The style and design 

The aesthetic appeal of the island is another important factor to consider. This should align with the kitchen’s overall style, and the choice of colours, finishes, and decorative elements should resonate with the desired design theme, whether it’s traditional, contemporary, or rustic. 

You should also consider choosing durable and easy-to-clean surfaces like granite or quartz if your oversized kitchen island will be used a lot.  


Storage capacity should not be underestimated. Oversized islands offer an opportunity to provide extensive storage solutions, such as deep drawers, pull-out shelves, or even a pantry. These can be very helpful and should be something you consider. 

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