You want a beautiful kitchen island but for some reason, you can't find one that you like in the hardware stores or anywhere online. Are you completely without hope? The answer depends on how proactive you are. You can give up entirely and go without an island or kitchen prep center. I mean, who needs 'em anyway, right? Or you can take it upon yourself and custom-build your own! You will never be so proud of yourself as you will once you are done with this project.
Now you have decided that you for sure want to build your own unique kitchen island. What are some tips to help you improve on its overall appearance and function? The shape of your potential custom kitchen island will depend almost entirely on the shape of your kitchen. Conventional kitchens are in the shape of an L--meaning that the cabinets, sink and stove wrap around the borders of the room in an L-shape. Some kitchens are also U or G-shaped. If you have a small kitchen, you may want to think twice about investing in a custom kitchen island. You have to be realistic. Do you have any space for this project to eventually be installed? Say you absolutely won't budge on your desire for a custom kitchen island. Rest assured--you can still custom build a portable island that you can put in an adjacent room. It will simply act as extra storage space.
Next, make sure that your custom kitchen island will be efficient. You don't want to spend any more time than you have to on a pointless activity that only prevents you from getting that food in your belly. Consider investing in a second sink to use for washing larger pots and pans. You should also think about custom building in a trashcabinet with trash compactor. It will not only keep the unsightly garbage out of sight but it will also be useful. Now once you have that figured out, you might want to think about exactly how much counter space you want and can have. Typically, the more surface area for you to perform your kitchen chores on, the better. The countertop of your custom kitchen island does not have to match your regular kitchen countertops if you don't want it to. In fact, if it is obvious that your island is for the mere purpose of chopping food or preparing pastry dough, it can serve its function accordingly with appropriate options for tops, like butcher blocks.
Although it may take longer than a day, when you are done building your custom kitchen island, you will know that it was all worth it. You can invite your friends over and have them visit the new addition to your kitchen family!