how much room should be between an island and the surrounding counters
springqueen
March 14, 2013 in Design Dilemma
kitchen counter is u-shaped with 96" between to counters, leaving only 27" on either side of a 30" wide island. is this too little space between the counters and sink? The sink, 48" thermador range and dishwasher are all on the perimeter counter. The island will be just for cutting, etc - no sink or stove.
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Yep! Just copied a post from eagledzigns....from a post just above this one!

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National Kitchen and Bath Guidelines say, " Walkways (passages between vertical objects greater than 24" deep in the direction of travel where not more than one is a work counter or appliance) should be at least 36' wide."

Besides being recommended by the NKBA..the IRC, or International Residential Code, adopted in all 50 states in some form or another, says that any passageway must be no narrower than 36" in the direction of travel. Doesn't matter what it is used for...no narrower.
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BTW...we allow 42" at a minimum for the passageways around kitchen islands.
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Dytecture
agreed, 42" would provide optimal distance for circulation.
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