Kitchen Island


Old 09-09-07, 04:16 PM
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Red face Kitchen Island

We we considering putting in a small kitchen island by ourselves, maybe 33x24 or 36x24. We we thinking of ording a custom cabinet from a home improvent store, because we wanted to get something wth doors on both sides. I had a few questions that maybe you could help me with. 1) We wanted it portable, so if we ever move we could take it with us. Would it be study enough , not to have it anchored to the floor. We have some cabinets in our laundy room, we bought, that you put together by yourself, that arent anchored down and they are kind of wobbly. Would this be sturdier because it is not a put together type of cabilnet? 2) What kind of countertop would you reccomend, that isn't really expensive, that would be best. also what size of countertop should be put on. How much over hang on each side? Thanks!!!
Old 09-09-07, 04:53 PM
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35x24 is a standard size for a base cabinet. And you will have may options
Kraftmaid for example has several altrnatives to choose from that can be ordered from a variety of sources. HD , Lowes and several independent cabinet dealers ( check their web site

You island sounds more like an additional work station to set stuff on (and in)
as well as work on.

Recommendations You will want to look at a peninsula base double door cabinet it will have 2 dorrs on eash side with a drawer only accessable from 1 side. It will be available in a variety of wood selections, styles and colors so your choice is endless. Because a peninsula base double door cabinet is one cabinet there is no putting it together. I woululd still find a way to secure it to the floor if possible but thats up to you. Alternatively Kraftmaid (as well as others have what is called a Peninsula floating island base cabinet
that comes with a butcherbock top and is on casters so that it can be moved. Acutally its pretty cool, same door and drawer features as above.

Im sure it is also available without the butcher block top if you dont like butcher block.

RE: inexpensive tops - a simple "formica" laminate top is the least expensive
but it will need to be ordered ( at least 2 week typically) Island tops are usually 1" larger on each side than the cabinet under it but they can be larger. just remember to balance it with the cabinet especially if it moves.
For example for a 36x24 cabinet you would want a minimum 38x26 top
with 4 radius corner and a solid core. that way it will sit on top of the cabinets and not overhang them. the overall thickness should be the industry stabdard 1 1/2" thick

good luck

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