You can make your own kitchen island kit very simply and have that great center island that you always wanted in about a day! Of course, you'll need to be a bit handy in order to put the island together but a little bit of work will save you a lot of money.
Here's what you need for your very own kitchen island kit:
Kitchen Cabinet Kit (preferably one that matches your existing cabinets)
Various Tools to put cabinet together (see instructions)
Heavy Duty Caster (if you want it to be moveable)
Pendant Lighting (if island is stationary)
The assembly of your self made kitchen island kit is easy! Simply follow the directions on the cabinet. If you want it to be stationary, you can secure it to the floor or if you want to move it around, add casters to the bottom.
Not handy? Instead of a kitchen island kit, you can buy free standing islands for almost any kitchen decor. These freestanding pieces can be like another piece of furniture that you plop in the middle of your kitchen. Of course, you will have to make sure you have the room for it and leave at least 42" of aisle space on each side of the island.
You can buy a kitchen island that is immovable and matches your cabinetry, or if you are short on space, you can also buy a moveable island that you can wheel out for food prep and then put back against the wall to make more "moving around" room in the kitchen. You can get these in many styles to match your décor and can even buy them online!
Lighting your stationary kitchen island kit is important for task lighting and eating if it has an eating counter. The preferred method is to use pendant lights that drop down from the ceiling and cast light onto the surface. Depending on the length of the island, you may need more than 1 light. Of course you would not want to use this type of lighting for a moveable island as you would be banging your head on the lights when you moved the island away!