How to Create a Stock Cabinet Island How to Create a Stock Cabinet Island

What You'll Need
Cabinet laminate
Standard cabinet base
Construction adhesive
Tape measure
Table saw
Cabinet handles and drawer pulls
Counter top

One of the busiest areas in one’s home, the kitchen, should be equipped with a cabinet island. It will give one’s kitchen a classy and entirely unique look. It will also allow one to maximize the use of the space available. Creating a cabinet island may include other sections of the kitchen such as the sink, bar, and the cook top. Homeowners can enjoy added storage area and workspace if a cabinet island is installed. Although you can just drop by any home improvement shops and buy their selections of custom built cabinet islands, you can also create your own cabinet island by patching in some pieces. Here are the steps on how to accomplish this.

Step 1 – Identify How Much Space You Have

Before you start designing your cabinet island, it is important that you determine how much space you will be working with. This will help you find the right size of cabinet base to station in your work space. Measure the whole space of the kitchen area using a measuring tape. Make sure that you leave enough space for you to move around the kitchen even with the presence of the cabinet island. Once the measurement is obtained, buy a corresponding cabinet base that fits the size available. You may use a solo cabinet base or create a larger space by connecting two pieces of smaller cabinets as a base with a countertop.

Step 2 – Covering the Cabinet Base with Laminate or Bead Board

Once you have bough the right cabinet base, measure the sides that are uncovered. Cut the cabinet laminate or bead board according to the size of the opened sides of the cabinet base. Often, a single cabinet laminate measuring 4 by 8 feet will be sufficient to conceal all the exposed sides. Attach the cut cabinet laminate boards to the cabinet base using a construction adhesive. You may also use screws for better and rigid attachment.

Step 3 – Installing the Countertop

Once the cabinet base is fully covered, place atop it the countertop of your choice. The countertop size should fully cover the cabinet base and have an excess overhang of at least 3/4 inches on each side. It is advised that you buy a countertop that matches the existing kitchen counters that you have or you can purchase a butcher block type of counter top. Just ascertain though that it fits into your cabinet base. Fasten firmly the countertop in place with screws by inserting it from underneath the cabinet to the countertop’s bottom. You can also attach cabinet pulls and drawers to your cabinet island for added look and additional space, respectively.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches

When your cabinet island is already assembled, move it to the spot where you want to place it. You can also cover it with the paint of your choice for it to be more attractive and to fit the motif of your original kitchen look.

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