May 24, 2023

Fab or Fad: Double Islands

If you are a fan of home renovation shows, then you might have noticed an emerging trend in kitchen design—double islands! This chic feature has been popping up in homes all over Tampa and beyond, but is it a fab addition or just another fad?

From increased counter space to potential layouts, we'll take a closer look at what you need to know before making your decision. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as The Cabinet Chic dives into the world of double kitchen islands!

Double the Fun: Creating a Statement with Dual Kitchen Islands

If you have the space, why not consider doubling up on your kitchen island? Not only does it look chic and stylish, but it also offers a practical solution for both storage and workspace.

By having two separate work areas, multiple people can work in the kitchen without getting in each other's way.

Double islands provide ample cabinet space, which means you can store more appliances and utensils without cluttering up your countertops. This makes your kitchen feel organized and streamlined, allowing you to focus on cooking delicious meals without worrying about messy workspaces.  

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Double Island FAQ

Before you decide if this trend is right for your kitchen space, let’s dive into some frequently asked questions!  

Are Double Islands a Good Idea?

Before jumping on the double-island bandwagon, there are some things to consider. First, do you have enough room? Double islands require a large kitchen space, so if your kitchen is on the small side then this may not be an option for you.  

Additionally, double islands can come with a larger price tag since they require more materials and labor to install than single islands.

Bottom line: If you have the space, double islands can add function and luxuriousness to your kitchen space.

What Size Should I Choose?

When it comes to choosing the size of your double kitchen island, there are a few things you need to consider.

  • Your double kitchen island should not overcrowd your cooking area or impede movement around the room. The rule of thumb is to allow at least 42-48 inches of clearance on all sides of the island.

  • Ideally, each island should be no smaller than 2 feet wide and 4 feet long – this will give you enough room for prep work as well as storage underneath.  

  • If you're planning on using one of the islands as a breakfast bar or informal dining area, make sure it's large enough to accommodate seating comfortably.

What Kinds of Layouts Are There?  

While there are a few different layouts you can choose from when designing your space with double islands, the first thing you need to consider when choosing a layout is how much space you have available.

The placement of your kitchen islands will have a BIG impact on how your kitchen looks and functions.

Layouts to consider:

  • Parallel: The islands will be placed in the same direction like an equal sign  
  • Side-by-side: The islands will act as one large island split in the middle  
  • T-shaped/perpendicular: One island will be installed vertically and the other horizontally making a T-shape  
  • L-shaped: the islands are installed in the shape of an L  
  • Separate: The islands will be in different areas of the kitchen  
  • Mismatched: Each island has its own unique look, aesthetic, shape, and function, such as a cooking space or seating area.  

What Features Should I Include in a Double Island Kitchen?

First on the list of must-have features is storage. Lots of it!

You can never have too much storage in a kitchen, especially one with two islands.


  • Deep drawers for pots and pans
  • Pull-out spice racks to keep everything organized
  • Built-in shelves or cabinets to display your favorite dishes or cookbooks.  

Another important feature to think about is seating. Whether you opt for stools at the islands themselves or a nearby dining area with chairs, having ample seating will make your double island kitchen perfect for entertaining guests or hanging out with family while preparing meals together.

You’ll also want to contemplate the materials for your islands. High-quality natural materials such as marble or granite can add an elegant touch, while wood finishes create a warm and inviting atmosphere.  

Unique features such as built-in wine coolers or sinks can make food preparation easier and more efficient. *Swoon*

Are There Any Drawbacks to Double Islands?

One potential drawback is that double islands can take up a lot of floor space. If you have a smaller kitchen, this may not be the best option for you.  

Additionally, having two islands can make your kitchen feel cluttered and crowded, which can make it difficult to move around freely while cooking or entertaining. There also might not be enough space for stools or seating around the islands, so make sure you consider all the pros and cons!  

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With double islands, you can enhance your kitchen's features, increase counter space, and enjoy the ultimate luxury of a spacious cooking area. What’s not to love?!

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