A kitchen island often serves as the central hub in your kitchen, where you chop vegetables, share stories, and plan for the week ahead. However, it can be so much more. By using reclaimed wood for cabinets or the countertop, a custom kitchen island can become a focal point for your kitchen design. It can be a tremendous visual statement and one that can be added to your kitchen design by itself or as a complete kitchen renovation.
Key Factors to Consider When Designing Your Custom Kitchen Island
When you are ready to add a custom kitchen island, there are a number of things to consider. Starting with all the appropriate information and decisions will ensure you get the island you want and make the process as smooth as possible. Here are a few things to think about before you start:
Measure Your Space
To ensure a functional kitchen island, measure the available space in your kitchen to allow for easy access to appliances and ample standing room. A 42″ walkway should be maintained around all sides of the island, with an additional 34″ to 46″ for seating, if desired.
Define the Purpose of Your Kitchen Island – Consider if your ideal island should include a stovetop or sink or if certain appliances would streamline your workflow. Decide whether the island will be designated for cooking (cooktop, oven, microwave), washing (sink, dishwasher), or preparation (baking, pastry). In particularly large kitchens, multiple islands may be necessary. Don’t forget to plan for electrical outlets as well.
Plan for Seating – Decide if you want a single or multi-level island with seating. Recommended seating space, including push-back room, ranges from 34″ to 46″. Ensure a width of 24″ to 30″ for place settings and a depth of 14″ to 16″ in the seating area.
Organize Storage – List items you’d like to have within easy reach while using your kitchen island.
Consider Style – Decide whether your island should blend with existing cabinetry or serve as a standout focal point. Should it resemble furniture or cabinetry?
Determine Your Budget – The cost of a custom kitchen island depends on the labor required for its creation. More intricate designs demand greater labor compared to simpler ones. For accurate pricing, we’ll need to convert your ideas into a computer-based drawing and assess the necessary labor and materials. Prices can range approximately between $2,000 and $9,000.
Your Custom Kitchen Island
Visit us with your measurements and design ideas, and we’ll collaborate with you to construct your ideal kitchen island. We handcraft your island using high-quality reclaimed wood, the same material we use for our furniture and cabinetry. Our kitchen islands are built to become heritage pieces for your family, where memories are made and cherished.