Freestanding Kitchen Design

Get all the information you'll need on freestanding kitchen design, and get ready to create an attractive and efficient kitchen space in your home.

Country Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

Country Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

A vaulted bamboo roof covers a kitchen with a concrete floor, stainless steel appliances, small kitchen island, white kitchen table, and black counters. Above the kitchen is a storage area, accessible by ladder.

Whether your kitchen is an intimate affair or a vast expanse, storage and efficiency are probably two of your chief concerns—and a freestanding kitchen design may be one of the ways to address both issues simultaneously.

Beautiful, Efficient Kitchen Design and Layout Ideas

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Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Blue Coastal Kitchen

Multicolored Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

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Green and Brown Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

Creamy White Country Kitchen

Yellow and Green Country Kitchen

Mixed-Color Mediterranean Kitchen

Transitional Stainless Steel Kitchen

Black and Brown Traditional Kitchen

Brown Wood Old-World Kitchen

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Neutral Traditional Kitchen With Island

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Mixed-Color Tuscan Kitchen

Cherry and Emerald Modern Zen Kitchen

Black Contemporary Kitchen With Island

Brown and Neutral Tuscan Country Kitchen

Neutral and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Gray Mediterranean Kitchen

Cherry and White Traditional Kitchen

Red Modern Kitchen

Green Transitional Kitchen

Brown Kitchen With Contemporary and Rustic Elements

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Arts and Crafts Kitchen With Yellow Cabinets

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Abe Jerome

Neutral and Blue Rustic Kitchen

Copper and Cherry Kips Bay Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Vaulted Ceiling

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Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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John Colaneri

Blue Rustic Kitchen

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John Colaneri

Brown Modern Kitchen and Dining Room

White Arts-and-Crafts Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen With Reclaimed Wood

Brown Old-World Kitchen

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Brown Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Cottage Kitchen

White & Gray Country Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Red Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

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White Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Traditional Kitchen

Turquoise Transitional Kitchen

White and Gray Modern Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Turquoise Tropical Galley Kitchen

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Traditional Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

White and Red Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island

Green and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

White Country Kitchen

Black-and-White Modern Kitchen

Beige Transitional Kitchen

Beige Old-World Kitchen

Brown & Gray Modern Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Mixed-Color Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional White Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

White Contemporary Galley Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen With Island Seating

White Contemporary Kitchen

White and Stainless Steel Modern Kitchen

Neutral Modern Kitchen

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Yellow Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

Black-and-White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Open Contemporary Kitchen

White and Gray Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Transitional Kitchen With Wood, Stainless & Marble

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Brown and White Traditional Kitchen

White & Gray Kitchen With Farmhouse Table

Neutral Old-World Kitchen With Island

White Contemporary Shaker Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen With Warm Wood Tones

Brown and White Contemporary Kitchen

Warm, White Traditional Kitchen

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen With Island

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Gioi Tran

Cool Gray Contemporary Kitchen

Urban Kitchen With Green Tile and Light Wood

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Ben Herzog

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen

Espresso and Stainless Contemporary Kitchen

White Traditional Kitchen

Brown Transitional Kitchen With Tile Backsplash

Green and Brown Contemporary Kitchen

Andrew Bruah View original photo.

White Transitional Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen

Neutral Transitional Kitchen With Island

White Townhome Kitchen

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Ben Herzog

Freestanding kitchens—which generally incorporate a fully functional kitchen island that may even be mobile—can help create a much more flexible and convenient kitchen space.

Your first decision when considering a freestanding kitchen is exactly what kitchen functions you want the main island to feature. For some homeowners, cooking, cleaning and food preparation have to take place on the island, or freestanding portion, of their kitchen because they don't have the requisite water, gas or power elements in any other areas (or they don't want to remodel the kitchen in order to install them). For others, a fully functional kitchen island is simply a more appealing and convenient option, effectively allowing them to do "one-stop shopping" when it comes to cooking, cleaning and storage.

If you choose to incorporate a fully functional freestanding kitchen in your home, you'll first need to ensure that the gas, water and power supplies are in place—or you'll likely need to hire a contractor to create these hook ups (assuming you're not one yourself, or a DIY expert). Once these are in place, your freestanding kitchen can feature a stove, sink, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, blender, coffee maker, refrigerator and any other cooking, cleaning and storage elements you can dream up (assuming it's got the requisite space).

Speaking of space, storage is often an important and challenging element of freestanding kitchens. Many kitchen islands — particularly larger ones in freestanding kitchens — feature both drawers and cabinets for storage. However, if this selection of storage spaces isn't sufficient to cover your storage needs, you may want to explore adding ancillary shelving, a standup pantry fixture or tall cabinet, or even a built-in pantry. To continue the efficient and "close-at-hand" theme of the freestanding kitchen, try to keep shelving and drawers in any other storage elements shallow and narrow as opposed to deep; this way you'll avoid foodstuffs and supplies stacking up and migrating to the back of the pantry, never to be seen again.

Finally, consider adding some convenient or decorative elements to your freestanding kitchen, if you have the space. You can increase the storage space and efficiency of your kitchen by adding a lazy Susan or pull-out trashcan to the island. And since you're likely to have a fair amount of prominent countertop surface area if you invest in a larger freestanding kitchen, you can likely decorate the area with attractive storage canisters, flowers, baskets of fruit or other attractive and eye-catching elements.

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