Kitchen Island Design Tip: If you’d like to install an island in your kitchen, but aren’t sure it’ll fit, try this quick trick:
Build a full-scale, three-dimensional island out of cardboard boxes. Stack and tape together boxes to replicate cabinets, then use large sheets of cardboard for the island top. Now you can very easily shift the mock island around the kitchen to check for the proper clearance spaces. And the cardboard top can be widened or shortened, as needed.