Smart kitchen island measurements: If your kitchen is less than 8 feet wide and 12 feet long, don't even think about an island. You need 36 inches between the island's perimeter and cabinetry. For two cooks, you'll want an island at least 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep. | Photo: Mark Luthringer | thisoldhouse.com
Whether your idea of a great get-together is a sophisticated wine tasting or a multigenerational free-for-all, these spaces are full of designers' best tricks for creating a kitchen that's ready to party.