How do I build a kitchen island from cabinets?


Any ideas about building a kitchen island from cabinets ? We would like it to roll and have an overhang for stools. Want it to mainly store my pots and pans. Thanks in advance for ideas!

  6 answers
  • Dawn E. Stotz Dorn Dawn E. Stotz Dorn on Mar 17, 2019

    You don't want it to roll.Use furniture movers instead, they won't ruin your floor.

  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Mar 17, 2019

    I did it for a lady several years ago using two cabinets. The face frame stuck out past the side of the cabinet by 1/8” on both sides. Because of this I had to use 1/4” filler strips between the cabinets. I then screwed the cabinets together on the inside. I stained and finished one plywood panel large enough to cover the back of both cabinets. I made simple trim pieces to dress up both ends of the plywood and ran base molding around all four sides of the unit. The last thing I did was to make a plastic laminate (Formica) countertop and attach it. There are many videos on YouTube about how to do this. I didn’t put wheels on it though, but she didn’t want them.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 17, 2019

    Check out the site to get some ideas on how they should look. If you screw a good one side piece of 1/2" plywood over the top the size you need along with the overhang. Purchase some arborite or other such material which can be glued with contact cement to the plywood. You can purchase an edging to match the color of your countertop which is also glued on. With the overhang, you will require brackets to hold up the ends of the plywood for strength so it does not sag. You can also purchase fancy wooden brackets to do this. They will be screwed onto the cabinet and the underside of the overhang. Stain or paint the brackets before installing.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Mar 18, 2019

    If you do require it to roll, then keep in mind that the stability of the structure will depend on caster wheels that are strong enough to support the weight of the island unit plus contents. One common mistake I have seen diy'ers make is cheaping out and not purchasing quality locking casters.

  • Phyllis Ferri Santilli Phyllis Ferri Santilli on Mar 18, 2019

    Thanks everyone for your thought and Ideas. It will gave us a lot of information. My husband had built a tv stand with heavy duty wheels. And I will have to check online about furnuture movers that Dawn recommended.