The large expanse of counter space gives two people enough space to work without bumping into each other. This layout has an open side that usually leads to the adjacent family room or breakfast area or a combination of the two. “The cook is not isolated,” Rose says. The other side of the U is a dead end, so there is no traffic going through there to disturb the cook.
Islands tend to work best in L-shaped kitchens that measure at least 10 X 10 feet and open to another area. Increase the functionality of your kitchen by equipping the island with a cooktop or outfitting it with barstools for casual dining.
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.