One of the most coveted items in any kitchen renovation is an expansive island. Many homeowners, however, have to learn the hard way that not all spaces can accommodate this feature. In a small kitchen, an island may prove an obstacle to prep and organization, not a boon. There should be at least 42 inches of clearance from the island to the nearest countertop. Measure your space before planning your renovation. If there isn’t enough room for an island, or if it will interfere with the “work triangle” (the imaginary lines running from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator), then make a new plan.