The first step in using a kitchen island in a small space is to reduce the counter space. While this may seem like sacrificing ease of use, you can still retain functionality by leaving just enough space for two or three people to sit and eat.
The kitchen island above is perfectly measured for two stools. That’s about all you need to aim for in a kitchen island: no wider than the stools themselves. People can still use the island to eat or even prepare meals without taking up space.