A smaller kitchen doesn't necessarily
mean you can't have a kitchen island. It just means more precise
planning and a smaller island than what a larger kitchen would
A smaller kitchen island with generally only
have one counter surface where as a larger island may utilize
a main counter surface with a raised breakfast or eating bar
above it. Instead, the small island surface is built with
an overhang so that you can sit comfortably in a chair with
your knees under the surface.
Choosing a counter surface for a small island
is much like choosing a surface for a large island. Will you
prepare food on it? Do you intend to sit and eat at it? If
you answer yes to both of those questions then a wood butcher
block surface with at least an 8" overhang is ideal.
If you don't then a granite, quartz or any other type of surface
material will do and no overhang is required.