40 Kitchens with Narrow Islands (Photos)

Check out these many kitchens with narrow islands (photo examples). Many great designs with skinny kitchen islands. We include trend charts and you can tell us your opinion with our narrow island poll.
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White kitchen with narrow white kitchen island

When putting this collection of kitchens with narrow kitchen islands, we had to be careful not to confuse long with skinny.  Long islands can look narrow, but they aren’t.  We did our best to ensure every design in our gallery below fits this topic.

Scroll down below to see many photo examples.

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This kitchen feature a brown cabinetry and a narrow kitchen island with a marble countertop lighted by pendant and recessed lights.

This kitchen feature a brown cabinetry and a narrow kitchen island with a marble countertop lighted by pendant and recessed lights.

This large kitchen features rustic cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The pendant and recessed lights brighten the space featuring a narrow center island with a marble countertop.

This large kitchen features rustic cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The pendant and recessed lights brighten the space featuring a narrow center island with a marble countertop.

This bright kitchen features hardwood flooring and a narrow center island lighted by scattered recessed ceiling lights.

This bright kitchen features hardwood flooring and a narrow center island lighted by scattered recessed ceiling lights.

This kitchen with a brown wooden cabinetry and narrow center island looks so classy and beautiful.

This kitchen with a brown wooden cabinetry and narrow center island looks so classy and beautiful.

This kitchen is surrounded by walnut finished cabinetry and vinyl flooring. The narrow center island features a granite countertop.

This kitchen is surrounded by walnut finished cabinetry and vinyl flooring. The narrow center island features a granite countertop.

This white kitchen boasts a bronze finished counters, along with a narrow center island lighted by a couple of pendant lights.

This white kitchen boasts a bronze finished counters, along with a narrow center island lighted by a couple of pendant lights.

This modish kitchen has tiles flooring and white walls. The black shade, along with the narrow center island look so beautiful.

This modish kitchen has tiles flooring and white walls. The black shade, along with the narrow center island look so beautiful.

This white kitchen with gray tiles flooring offer bronze-like counters. The narrow center island is lighted by a couple of pendant lights.

This white kitchen with gray tiles flooring offer bronze-like counters. The narrow center island is lighted by a couple of pendant lights.

This kitchen featuring a hardwood flooring and dark cabinetry has a narrow center island lighted by three pendant lights.

This kitchen featuring a hardwood flooring and dark cabinetry has a narrow center island lighted by three pendant lights.

This kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with a skylight. The hardwood flooring looks good with the white ceiling and smooth counters. There's also a narrow center island.

This kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with a skylight. The hardwood flooring looks good with the white ceiling and smooth counters. There’s also a narrow center island.

This kitchen features a hardwood flooring and smooth white counters. There’s a narrow center island too.

This bright white kitchen offers a narrow center island providing a space for a breakfast bar for three. The countertops are made of smooth white marble.

This modish kitchen features a brown and black color combination. The bar stools are amazingly stylish, perfect match for the narrow center island.

A modish kitchen setup featuring white walls and glass doors and windows overlooking the outdoor space. The narrow center island is lighted by a set of stylish pendant lights.

This kitchen with marble countertops are so beautiful. The beams ceiling are so charming while the narrow center island lighted by pendant lights provides space for a breakfast bar for three.

This kitchen with marble countertops are so beautiful. The beams ceiling are so charming while the narrow center island lighted by pendant lights provides space for a breakfast bar for three.

This kitchen offers a rustic vibe with its reddish cabinetry and seats. The narrow center island looks jaw-dropping as well.

This kitchen offers a rustic vibe with its reddish cabinetry and seats. The narrow center island looks jaw-dropping as well.

This kitchen offers marble countertops. The brown cabinetry looks perfect with the recessed and pendant lights brightening the space. There's a narrow center island as well providing space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen offers marble countertops. The brown cabinetry looks perfect with the recessed and pendant lights brightening the space. There’s a narrow center island as well providing space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features a vinyl flooring together with the rustic style cabinetry. The narrow center island is lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen features a vinyl flooring together with the rustic style cabinetry. The narrow center island is lighted by pendant lights.

White kitchen with a hardwood flooring. The counters feature marble countertops. The narrow center island is lighted by stylish pendant lights.

This classy kitchen features a hardwood flooring and thick beams ceiling. The narrow center island is lighted by a skylight and an elegant pendant light.

This kitchen features a hardwood flooring and white walls. The kitchen also offers a narrow center island made of hardwood.

This kitchen features a hardwood flooring and white walls. The kitchen also offers a narrow center island made of hardwood.

This kitchen offers a narrow center island with a marble countertop. The island is set on a hardwood flooring. The space is being lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Designed by: LotPlans.com

This kitchen offers a narrow center island with a marble countertop. The island is set on a hardwood flooring. The space is being lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Contemporary kitchen setup featuring a hardwood flooring and black ceiling combined with the white walls. The counters are made of smooth white marble. The narrow center island is lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Designed by: Moloney Architects

Contemporary kitchen setup featuring a hardwood flooring and black ceiling combined with the white walls. The counters are made of smooth white marble. The narrow center island is lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This classy kitchen with brick tiles flooring and high beams ceiling offers a narrow center island lighted by pendant lights.

Designed by: Studio Arte

This classy kitchen with brick tiles flooring and high beams ceiling offers a narrow center island lighted by pendant lights.

Modern kitchen setup with a narrow center island. The brown details of the kitchen look so glamorous.

This kitchen with walnut finished cabinetry and tiles flooring is so eye-catching. The counters are topped by granite. There's a narrow center island as well.

This kitchen with walnut finished cabinetry and tiles flooring is so eye-catching. The counters are topped by granite. There’s a narrow center island as well.

A classy kitchen featuring white walls and cabinetry along with a narrow kitchen with hardwood countertop set on a dark hardwood flooring.

A classy kitchen featuring white walls and cabinetry along with a narrow kitchen with hardwood countertop set on a dark hardwood flooring.

Modern kitchen setup with dark hardwood shade. The smooth counters matches the sparkling tiles flooring. The narrow center island provides additional space for preparing meals.

Modern kitchen setup with dark hardwood shade. The smooth counters matches the sparkling tiles flooring. The narrow center island provides additional space for preparing meals.

This bright kitchen features granite counters and a narrow center island set on a hardwood flooring.

This bright kitchen features granite counters and a narrow center island set on a hardwood flooring.

Bright kitchen boasting granite countertops on the counters and a marble one on the narrow center island. The kitchen is lighted by recessed ceiling lights scattered on the ceiling.

Bright kitchen boasting granite countertops on the counters and a marble one on the narrow center island. The kitchen is lighted by recessed ceiling lights scattered on the ceiling.

This kitchen features hardwood flooring and yellow tiles walls, along with a narrow center island providing space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features hardwood flooring and yellow tiles walls, along with a narrow center island providing space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen boast marble counters and a narrow center island set on a hardwood flooring lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This kitchen boast marble counters and a narrow center island set on a hardwood flooring lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This classy kitchen featuring t iles flooring and granite counters along with a narrow center island lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This classy kitchen featuring t iles flooring and granite counters along with a narrow center island lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This kitchen combines the white, black and brown colors beautifully. The narrow center island looks absolutely gorgeous.

This kitchen combines the white, black and brown colors beautifully. The narrow center island looks absolutely gorgeous.

This bright kitchen features walnut finished cabinetry, backsplash and countertops. There's a narrow center island as well.

This bright kitchen features walnut finished cabinetry, backsplash and countertops. There’s a narrow center island as well.

This kitchen features an all-white details except for the flooring and the narrow center island. The smooth marble counters are so stunning.

This kitchen features an all-white details except for the flooring and the narrow center island. The smooth marble counters are so stunning.

This kitchen with white cabinetry and glamorous pendant lights are just perfect and has a dark granite counters. There's a narrow center island for additional meal preparation space.

This kitchen with white cabinetry and glamorous pendant lights are just perfect and has a dark granite counters. There’s a narrow center island for additional meal preparation space.

This kitchen features walnut finished details and white walls and flooring. The narrow center island offers enough space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features walnut finished details and white walls and flooring. The narrow center island offers enough space for a breakfast bar.

This stylish kitchen features dark hardwood shade and warm lights. The kitchen also offers a narrow center island with a smooth white countertop.

This stylish kitchen features dark hardwood shade and warm lights. The kitchen also offers a narrow center island with a smooth white countertop.

This elegant style kitchen features a stylish color details and a narrow center island along with an elegant pendant light.

This elegant style kitchen features a stylish color details and a narrow center island along with an elegant pendant light.

Kitchen island sizing

The average kitchen island is 3′ by 6.5′ [source: Houzz].  This is not a skinny island, unless it is much longer… then it appears skinny in relation to length of the island.  2′ wide islands are narrow and many kitchens, as you see above, do have narrow islands because that’s what fits.

Poll: Do you like skinny kitchen islands?

Trend Charts

Interestingly, the term “narrow kitchen island” is trending upward in recent years.  I suspect that’s because many people doing renovations within existing kitchen spaces don’t have sufficient space for a wide island so they look for narrow examples that will work in their kitchen.

Compare that with “kitchen island” and you’ll also see a nice upward trend.

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