Provide Casual Eating Space
An island top with an overhang on one side—like this quartz version— provides a space where guests can pull up stools and comfortably enjoy snacks, beverages or casual meals. A 12-inch countertop overhang is typical. Anything deeper likely calls for additional support—such as legs, corbels or brackets—depending on the countertop material.
Pick Eye-Catching Finishes
Even a small island can be a people magnet when it beckons with sophisticated style. This compact DIY island, built from stock cabinets, features a laminate top that mimics a thick marble slab, as well as a blue base color that sets it off from perimeter cabinetry.
Allow Easy Access
Make sure your kitchen island is easily accessible so guests can hang out without hindering the cook. In this setup, the kitchen is open to the main living area, and the island is a natural gathering spot between the two. Guests can sit or stand on the living room side of the island without clogging the cooking and cleanup areas. It’s also easy for people at the island to grab snacks or beverages from the fridge.