Designing the Long (Kitchen) Island – Considerations + Inspiration

In this video I discuss design considerations for extra-long kitchen islands. We dig in to the benefits: added prep, seating, counter and storage space – among others. I also highlight special considerations: traffic flow, seams and more you’ll want to pay attention to when designing a long island.

As our kitchens have become more and more connected to our living spaces, they’ve changed from being solely utilitarian to being social gathering hubs. The island is often a central player in having a whole host of functions now, and the longer it is, the more function you can pack into it.

Typical kitchen islands range between 7 and 10 feet; the long islands in this video begin at 12 feet and they have definite advantages; however, they’re not without a few special planning challenges.

Specifics covered:
– Circulation
– Clearances
– Flexibility
– Focus
– Function
– Spatial definition
– Seating + dining
– Materials

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  1. Federico illa
    June 15, 2016

    Great video as always !

  2. Timur Bayram
    June 16, 2016

    please tell more about industrial design

  3. fabroc8
    June 16, 2016

    Great video! A recommendation for future videos would be to leave the pertinent info about the projects you are talking about so we can go on our own and research closer if we are interested 🙂

  4. lolofdoom
    June 19, 2016

    great stuff! thank you so much for making these videos!

  5. LKH Fun
    January 8, 2017

    Just discovered your channel.  Simply perfect!  Subscribed

  6. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    2:26…..My dream kitchen. I love the idea of the large kitchen island bench so I can make bread dough and fresh home made pastas and also use it many other purposes. Student wages not permitting decent kitchen. :'( The kitchen at 6:04 is also very nice but looks like it would cost a fortune.

  7. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    BTW, do you know of a stone/concrete? surface that can put up with the heat of hot pan or casserole dish straight from the heat source without being damaged?

  8. MaZEEZaM
    March 26, 2017

    Have you had experience with decent quality induction cook tops? I have grown up with gas (LPG) burners and love the instant heat control that gas offers but they are a pain in the neck to clean the surface and love the look and idea of the inductions clean glass finish but not sure about how functional they are compared to a gas cooktop? I think I would need a single Gas cooktop for use of a wok anyhow. My only previous experience was with traditional electric burners which I felt was very lacking in heat control because the heat was held by the hotplate far longer than otherwise experienced with a gas burner.

  9. rswc55
    December 16, 2017

    Would you mind adopting me? Thanks. #SOmuchtolearn

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