Unfortunately, not all kitchens are large enough for an island, but you might be surprised at what you can squeeze in with the right consideration. The main worry will be taking up floor space. If you place a large island in the centre of the kitchen when there isn’t quite enough space, you can make things feel really cramped, and it’ll be awkward to prepare food. This is especially true if you have fittings like the range cooker and sink on opposite sides of the kitchen. You might find yourself having to go right round the island instead of across the floor. It might seem like a minor thing, but it could be irritating once in place.
The first rule then, is that you must make sure that you’ve got the space. Drawing out diagrams that show where the island might sit is one half of the job, but there’s no substitute for marking out where the island would be on the kitchen floor (which can be done easily with sheets of paper). This will really help to visualise how the space will be taken up. Alternatively, there are freely available 3D drawing programs and kitchen design apps that will help you figure out if an island will work, and what size it should be.
Always remember that you don’t necessarily have to go with a full island in the centre of the room either. You can create an island that extends out of one of the pre-existing worktops. This may be more suitable if space is at a premium. If space is an issue, read our guide on kitchen ideas for small spaces.