A DIY kitchen island is a great way to add a custom centerpiece to your kitchen and, when done right, can add more value to your home. Extra countertop and storage space are significant benefits, and it doesn’t have to be complicated. If you have basic DIY building experience, it is often cheaper to build your own rather than buy a kitchen island. However, if you want to install a sink, dishwasher, or other appliances on your kitchen island, you will need professional help getting your kitchen up to code.
You can find many free DIY kitchen island plans for different features or style elements. Plans include material lists and step-by-step instructions to guide you in building a custom island. For ease, you can make a kitchen island out of stock cabinets as the base and finish it with a countertop.
The beauty of building a kitchen island yourself is you can modify the plans to adjust the island size, finish, and other aspects, such as accompanying stools or seating. The best size for a kitchen island depends on your available space and needs.
In most cases, an island should meet the minimum of 36 inches tall and 2 x 4 feet in surface space. The galley space or space between the island and cabinets should be at least 42 inches. The average size of the countertop overhang is standard, usually 1 1/2 inches. And, if you plan to add seats, for instance, four stools on one side, plan on having at least 20 to 24 inches of countertop length per stool.
Here are 18 free DIY kitchen island plans to inspire you.
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