We recommend a minimum of 55″ between two adjacent workspaces. Whether there are drawers on each side, or drawers on one side and a chair on the other, these should be properly separated to allow for proper use.
Islands can be used for many things, but often they are active workspaces. If you have a dishwasher that opens towards an island, or deep extending drawers that open towards an island, we recommend separating the island edge by at least 60″.
For example, in a linear, U-shaped, or even L-shaped kitchen with an island, there should be a minimum of 47″ between the edge of the workspace with a dishwasher. This is because once the dishwasher door is down, and you are loading or unloading it, you will need at least this amount of space.