Thanks for your feedback!
There are helper classes included which already add more space to left or right position of items --- that taken and added custom space value via your child theme's style.css makes custom solution possible. This is explained in plugin instructions here and in quite a few threads here already.
Yes, it may not be the easiest on the market here, however, if you don't like its approach you are free to use another of the nearly hundreds of other solutions for social icons widgets/menus from WordPress.org
It's surely not a "waste of time" as I have a lot of satisfied users that say it was easy to setup and use.