The other day I was discussing the pros and cons of an island in a long narrow kitchen with a client. Generally, I think if the best you can do is squeeze a 24″ wide island into a skinny room, you risk making the kitchen feel like couple of corridors, instead of a coherent space. But, like all rules, this one is probably made to be broken – at least in some cases:
This one’s really narrow, but at least it makes space for a real seating area on the other side. The layout is a little at odds with that lovely ceiling though, isn’t it? (via)
The next two photos show the island standing in for one wall of a galley kitchen – yes, the space outside the kitchen is just circulation, but when the kitchen is the link from one space to another, this works really well as a way to keep traffic out of the work area. It’s well worth sacrificing the upper cabinets that could have been on that wall for this kind of open feeling, don’t you think? (found here and here)
In the room below, this island is clearly where it is because of the windows. It’s not a conventional layout, but I bet it’s a great space to cook in. (via) I guess I’ve just proved to myself that I don’t mind the kitchen being two corridors, as long as one of them leads somewhere, or has a great view.
Should I throw away my “rule” about skinny islands?