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A Kitchen Island as Unique as Your Home

Spacious kitchen has painted white Shaker cabinets, large island with seating and a sink, opens to dining room Spacious kitchen has painted white Shaker cabinets, large island with seating and a sink, opens to dining room
A kitchen island is great place to emphasize your design style and add more storage and functionality to your kitchen.

A kitchen island or peninsula is top on the list of must-haves for our customers. Each island we build is unique. It is a personalized expression of our customer’s style and the centerpiece of the final kitchen design. Some options to consider incorporating into an island:

  • Base cabinets with countertops at the height of the rest of the kitchen
  • Combining base and wall cabinets to create a bi-level island
  • Using wall cabinets only for a bar-height island
  • Topping the island with a countertop such as butcher-block different from that in the rest of the kitchen
  • Creating a furniture look with cabinet accessories such as decorative feet, legs, corbels and end door panels
  • Incorporating open shelves for a casual furniture look
  • Finishing the island cabinetry with a different paint than the perimeter kitchen cabinets
  • Tucking a microwave drawer or microwave shelf into the island

Personalizing Your Kitchen Island

Our kitchen designers have a wealth of experience in creating kitchen island from cabinets and accessories. And our design service is free. Let us know if your kitchen makeover will include an island or peninsula. Or, if you are looking for ways to fit one into your space. Call our studio at 888-350-1242 to speak with a kitchen expert about a design.

Ask an expert: Planning new kitchen cabinets? Our design service is free. Feel free to call our studio at 888-350-1242 for ideas on building a kitchen island. Our designers can introduce you to features to meet your unique needs. Or request a Quick Quote to see how much cabinets will cost for your kitchen. A member of our team will get an estimate back to you in one business day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to buy kitchen islands?

Typically kitchen island cabinets can be purchased online, such as CliqStudios.com, a kitchen cabinet dealer, or from a big box home improvement store.

How much does a kitchen island cost?

Kitchen island costs can vary. The average kitchen island is roughly twice the linear foot cost of standard kitchen cabinets because it needs finished panels and moldings, and can contain high functioning storage cabinets such as a waste basket or drawer base.

How tall is a kitchen island?

Including countertops, kitchen islands are 36" high for standard work surfaces, but can have secondary bar height seating at 42"high.

How to install a kitchen island?

Including countertops, kitchen islands are 36" high for standard work surfaces, but can have secondary bar height seating at 42"high.

What is a kitchen island?

A kitchen island is defined as a separate group of cabinets that is independent of the main kitchen cabinet areas that can be accessed from all sides.

How to extend kitchen island?

Kitchen islands really can't be extended, primarily because of existing countertops and cabinets. However, if you are remodeling, the island can be as long as your space allows.

Are kitchen islands going out of style?

There's a small design trend that's pulling away from kitchen islands and correlates with open concept design. Most people still recognize the benefits of additional countertop, cabinets, and gathering space provided by an island.

What is average size of kitchen island?

The average kitchen island is roughly 36"- 48" wide by 24"-30" deep.

Does a kitchen island need an electrical outlet?

Having an electrical outlet in an island will be regulated by local municipalities. Most local ordinances (code laws) will require an outlet somewhere in the island. This ordinance does not apply to mobile islands.

Are kitchen islands still popular?

Kitchen islands are still extremely popular because of the benefits of additional countertop, cabinet and gathering space. The reality is less than half of existing kitchen spaces have the room to accommodate an island.

Can a small kitchen have an island?

The smaller the kitchen the less likely the design can accommodate an island. The issue is that an island needs to be accessed from all sides. Most of the time in small kitchens the island concept turns into a peninsula.

Is it better to have a kitchen table or island?

To have an island or a table, that can serve as island, is strictly personal preference. Both accomplish similar things. If budget is restricted a kitchen table can be an excellent, cost savings, alternative.

Is my kitchen big enough for an island?

The size of your kitchen, and the living space surrounding the kitchen effects whether or not an island is the right choice. An island needs roughly 36"-42" of space surrounding all sides for access, seating and appliance accessibility. Your best bet is to consult a professional kitchen designer.

Are kitchen islands fixed to the floor?

Most of the time kitchen islands are cabinets that are fixed to the floor. They need to be to support countertops, appliances and typical cabinetry. But mobile islands are becoming more popular but have a lot of restrictions for total use.

How are kitchen islands installed?

Kitchen islands are installed to the kitchen floor. They require additional build up blocks under the cabinet to attach to the floor and the cabinets.

How much space do you need around a kitchen island?

An island needs roughly 36"-42" of space surrounding all sides for access, seating and appliance accessibility. Anything less than that the kitchen will be difficult to work in.

Can I put an island in a 10x10 kitchen?

A 10ˈx10ˈ can have an island if there is enough space. A 10ˈx10ˈ kitchen is an "L-shaped" kitchen and the middle floor space area is a perfect spot - if there are no walls in the way.

Does a kitchen island add value?

In general a well designed kitchen island may add additional value to the home.

How much is a simple kitchen island?

The cost of an island is never simple. The cabinet(s) type, internal cabinet storage solutions, countertop material, and overall design all affect cost.

How much is it to install a kitchen island?

The cost to install a kitchen island is about twice as much as cabinetry against the wall because the back (and maybe the sides) have to be finished and because the island attaches to the floor and requires additional steps.

Is it cheaper to build a kitchen island?

It can more cost effective to build your own kitchen island. It all depends on what you want the island to do. In the end it may be cheaper but not easier.

Should a kitchen island have a sink?

Whether a kitchen island has a sink is completely a personal choice. It can have a cooktop/range or nothing.

What is the average cost of a kitchen island?

Sorry to say that there isn't an average cost for a kitchen island. There are many aspects that affect cost that starts with the cabinet line quality. Door style, specie, and color also influences price. Finally, every kitchen is unique and islands even more so because how they get designed and used.

What is the average kitchen island size?

On average, a kitchen island size ranges from 36"- 48" wide and 24" deep.

What is the purpose of a kitchen island?

The purpose of a kitchen island is to add countertop, cabinet and storage space, a design focal point, and a gathering space.