How Do You Make a Kitchen Island?
While we do sell pre-built kitchen islands on the site, most people end up building their own. Creating a kitchen island isn’t hard, but there are literally an infinite number of ways you can create them and it really depends upon what function you want them to have and how much space you have. The average kitchen won’t be able to fit a very big kitchen island… in fact, in most cases it would actually end up being a peninsula dividing two rooms. There are really three primary functions of an island- Eating area, food prep area, or cooking space… and yes, they can be multi-functional. Each function has different design features, so really figuring out how you want to use it, is going to determine how you design it.
Eating/Extra Seating Area
Most people build a kitchen island with the intention of having extra seating. When you build a seating area into an island, you won’t be able to incorporate storage on both sides and you will have an overhang of the countertop to accommodate leg room. Some people will build in a breakfast bar, which will be higher than the standard counter top so that you can fit bar stools under it.
When the primary function of the island is going to be food prep, you will often see a sink and potentially a dishwasher built in. If you are incorporating a sink you are sacrificing storage space for work space. If you are not incorporating seating into a food prep island, you can use back to back base cabinets to create a larger surface area and give additional storage.
The growing trend in kitchen design is to use undermounted stoves and microwaves. Often when someone is incorporating one of these into their kitchen design, they end up putting them in the island. A cooktop, with undermounted microwave or oven will give you plenty of food prep area for even gourmet chefs. When we end up designing an island to incorporate these features, they usually end up being large islands and they are focal point of the room (in some cases, the focal point of the house).
There are literally thousands of combinations of layouts and cabinets that can be used for designing an island. We scoured some of the interior designer sites and found some of the coolest islands we could… we then took the design and re-created with our cabinets, to show you what possibilities are out there. Head over to our website at www.rtacabinetstore.com If you select any of the kitchen cabinet styles, you will see a section called ‘design ideas’ . There you will find step by step instructions on how to build various styles of islands. We wrapped up 9 of our favorite island designs into this infograph:
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