Asked on Jan 22, 2018

DIY kitchen island with 4 seating ideas??

by Lisa
My kitchen is very small. I was looking for ideas on kitchen island. I have seen the ideas for an island from Lowes unfinished cabinets but I really need seating because I want to get rid of my kitchen table and chairs.

  5 answers
  • Nancyd Nancyd on Jan 22, 2018
    Purchased used wall cabinets that were 36 inch tall and 12 inches deep. They are many different widths so you can adjust your island size. I bought two wall cabinets and a pc of laminate matching my existing cabinets. It is 24x48. I cut 6inches off the back and reused it as the backsplash. Mine sets up against a wall so a prebuilt island would never work. This way I got more storage and room for 4 saddle bar stools with 6 inch overhang on the three sides.

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 22, 2018
    When your talking about a small kitchen, how small the first question you need to look at before adding a island. By code you need 36” of clearance between the cabinets and island on both sides. Even then you get two people trying to cook on the one side of the island your struggling getting around each other! But the main reason for this code is you also need 36” to get a refrigerator or freezer thru the area between your cabinets and island! Even though 36” is alright, I really prefer 48” between the cabinets and island to give more space for two people to get by each other. Especially when one of the people on the larger size! So you really need a room at least 10 foot wide for a regular size island and 12 feet even better if you got a eatting space on the opposite side of the island so when people or kids are eating at the island there’s still room to walk behind them while there seated eating! I’ve designed a lot of kitchens over the years and islands certainly ruin the flow of a small kitchen. Whenever possible I will design a peninsula shape kitchen where you still get a island but it’s not in the middle of the kitchen blocking working space and you still get the eating area your looking for! Depending on the kitchen layout this can be a fairly easy remodel or can be more complicated depending when your sink, stove, and appliances are at? You can get away with a 10x10 kitchen this way and still end up with a larger working area not to be Tripping over two or even 3-4 people in the kitchen. Although again 12x 8 will possibly still work in the right layout of the house. Still prefer at least a 12x10 kitchen though and again 12x12 even better!
    Min smaller kitchens where there’s going to be more then one person in the kitchen cooking especially, their island often goes away after trying to work with it in their way! If you want a eating space and have a open wall space or can open up a space. Sometimes your better off to have a eating area up against a wall to keep the center of your kitchen opened! Of course it’s your choice to decide, but may want to consider your space constraints your going to have by putting a island in the middle of a small kitchen?

    • See 2 previous
    • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 23, 2018
      The house I’m living in now also is a smaller kitchen with a island that my girl friend and deceased husband bought in the 80’s. it’s always a night mare to work in the kitchen with more then one perso, especially on holidays. I’ve already redesigned the kitchen on paper to show how we’d have more cabinet and counter space with a peninsula style kitchen that ope the kitchen up and still be able to add a eating bar. frustrating part is now I’mdisabled, actually my girlfriend is disabled too and we’re both on a fixed income that doesn’t give us a lot to live on. So getting the money together for the materials to build a new kitchen been just as difficult to come up with as it is trying to work around this island in the way. Being disabled now will take me more time to remodel it, but I won’t be under any time frame to finish it and I won’t take out the existing kitchen till the new kitchen is already built. So the remodel will go fast at that point. But until we can get enough money saved up to do it, it’s all a pipe dream at this point. Even more irritating when you can do everything yourself and still can’t afford to upgrade a kitchen that 20 years ago would of been nothing for me to do and had done in no time. Oh well, hopefully one these days I’ll be able to get it done?

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 22, 2018
    with out all the long responses, browse through here for inspiration....

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Jan 23, 2018
    Here are some great ideas-

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Jan 23, 2018
    if you have a clear wall space then mount a foldable leaf table the type are readily available from most DIY superstores, just an idea eric