DIY Project: Build Your Own Kitchen Island

DIY Project: Build Your Own Kitchen Island

Emma Christensen
Jul 15, 2009

Last week, we talked about shopping for kitchen islands, what features are good to look for, and brands we like. There is another option for finding the perfect island: build your own! If you're feeling up to the challenge, we've got a few resources to get you started. Have you ever built something like this?

The folks over at This Old House have an excellent article to help get you thinking about design:

Building a Better Kitchen Island by Duo Dickenson, This Old House

The article covers how high you should build your island, how big you'll want it, how to integrate different kinds of storage, and aesthetics of the island. It also encourages you to think about how you'll be using the island so you can tailor certain features.

When you're ready to take the plunge, the DIY Network has a well-illustrated tutorial for building a basic kitchen island:

How to Build a Custom Kitchen Island from the DIY Network

Judging by the pictures, this doesn't look like good project for someone who's never picked up a drill before. That said, it also doesn't look that hard!

The tutorial recommends buying pre-made, unfinished cabinets to use as a base, covering them with panels, and then placing a counter on top. From the pictures and technical directions, this seems like a totally doable weekend project.

Do you have any advice for a project like this?

Related: Five Small Kitchens from This Old House

(Image: The DIY Network)

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