Custom Kitchen Islands

Make your kitchen space stand out with these unique custom kitchen island tips.
By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Just like a do-it-yourself craft, a custom-built kitchen island requires the know-how and a time investment, but the end result is a unique product. This, of course, also allows for a design that makes room-customizable features, including storage and counter space.

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Like any DIY project, it is important to first measure the space in which the kitchen island will be built. Allow room for moving about the kitchen, determine counter height and any storage spaces that you are seeking to include in the design. It is also important to consider how your countertop space will be used. Will you be using it primarily for food preparation? Do you plan on including a dining space with stools? Are you planning for a cooktop range? All of these factors will help you to decide what type of surface will work best for your kitchen island design.

If you are seeking a traditional island that has four sides and will placed at the center of the kitchen space, then it is fairly simple to purchase a set of cabinets that will fit in the designated space. Add drawer and cabinet handles, then attach the counter surface to the top of the cabinets and your project should be complete.

Many contemporary custom kitchen islands use repurposed items, like oversized shipping crates, bookshelves and desks. Consider using some of these materials in your design for a one-of-a-kind kitchen island that truly reflects your personal style.

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