When you think about Kitchen Seating Requirements, the first thought is the amount of space needed for each seated person at the kitchen island or kitchen peninsula. However, it’s also just as important to determine the amount of clearance space needed behind the seated individuals for others to walk past comfortably.

The amount of space needed behind the kitchen island or peninsula will vary based on the following scenarios.

No Walkway Behind the Kitchen Island or Peninsula

If there is no walkway behind the island or peninsula, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends a minimum of 32″ of clearance space between the edge of the countertop or table to any wall or other obstruction behind the seating area.  This allows for ample space for a chair or stool to be pulled out and an individual to be sitting at the island or peninsula without feeling cramped.

Kitchen Cclearance showing no walk way behind kitchen island or peninsula seating.

Walkway Behind the Kitchen Island or Peninsula

If there will be a walkway behind the kitchen island or peninsula the NKBA recommends a minimum of 36″ of clearance from the counter or table edge to any wall or other obstruction to allow another individual to edge past the seated diner.

Walkway Behind the Kitchen Island or Peninsula showing an edge pass clearance in a kitchen design with kitchen island or peninsula seating.

In order to walk behind the seated diner, a minimum of 44″ from the countertop or table to any wall or other obstruction is recommended.  This allows ample space for the individual to comfortably walk behind the seated diner.

Walkway Behind the Kitchen Island or Peninsula showing an walk pass clearance in a kitchen design with kitchen island or peninsula seating.

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