Making your own kitchen island does not need to cost a ton of money or take weeks of hard work when you follow our simple instructions. Having a kitchen island can be a great way to organize your kitchen materials and it also allows for you to have a place to prep all of your meals. If you want to learn how to make a kitchen island, this is your guide.

If you are already in the process of a cheap kitchen remodel, why not go ahead and make your own kitchen island? All it takes to make a kitchen island is a side table, some wheels, and some planks of wood to make shelves, if your side table does not come equipped with shelves to begin with.

Another helpful addition to your kitchen island would be to have some hooks. This way you can hang things such as dish towels or pots and pans. The whole idea behind a kitchen island is for it to give you more space to store things and a convenient place to prep or cook your meals.


Step 1:

The first step in building your own kitchen island is to find a side table to use as the island. I would suggest making sure the side table is slim enough to fit in your kitchen without you having to awkwardly maneuver around it every day. Before you go about and buy a side table for this project, I would check with friends and family and look around local garage sales and even in your house.

If your kitchen has a desk in it, you could also use that underneath part as the kitchen island. This of course would take some more effort than just using a side unattached to anything but it is a way to get rid of an unused kitchen desk. This will also give you a place to store your kitchen island if you do not want to have it in the middle of your kitchen.

Step 2:

The second step in this DIY project is to add an adequate amount of storage space. Depending on what your plans for the kitchen are, you will most likely want some space to store pots and pans and any other cooking utensils. I recommend adding shelving under the surface of the kitchen island along with some cabinet doors for any other cooking utensils that may not be as pretty and you want to hide.


Step 3:

Once you have all of your storage and shelving in place, the next step is to decide what you want the top of your kitchen island to look like. If you plan on doing most of your meal prepping on your island, I recommend using materials similar to that of a cutting board.

You could also buy a nice slab of granite to throw on the top of your kitchen island. Another more popular trend for surfaces is copper. My one major recommendation for the surface of your kitchen island is not get anything that will be hard to clean or does not take well to cutting.


Step 4:

The final (and optional) step of building your own kitchen island is to attach wheels to the bottom. I recommend using wheels that can be locked in place for when you want the island to be still and not easily moved around. Adding wheels is not necessary, but I find it very helpful for when you want to move the island out of the way and not risk everything falling out when you go to move it.

One great use for the kitchen island that does not include the extra storage or convenience is the fact that it will work great for parties. It can be used as an extra table during family gatherings and holidays. It can easily be moved into room and be transformed into a dessert or appetizer table or bar cart.

Do you have any other suggestions for how to make your own kitchen island? Leave us a comment below with your suggestions, comments, or questions!