Planning an island with a slide-in range takes some extended thinking, as you will need to account for electrical or gas hookups and for a ventilation system. The electrical system can be run underneath the floor to come up inside an open cabinet where the electrical outlet can be installed. An overhead vent may prove to be tricky when you consider running the exhaust vents through the ceiling to the outside. Get quotes on how much it costs, based on your current kitchen layout, or use a range with a downdraft system installed.
Things You'll Need
Measure the area where you plan to build your island. Slide-in ranges are between 30 to 48 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 36 inches high, with no back rise. Controls are on the front of your range. Base cabinets come in standard sizes of 12, 15, 24, 28, 30 and 36 inches wide. All will be 34 1/2 inches high and 24 inches depth. Select drawer cabinets that hold cooking utensils and use larger cabinets to hold your cooking pots and pans. Leave enough walking space around your island design, roughly 36 inches or more, from your other wall cabinets and refrigerator.
Add cabinets on the other side in your design, if you have enough room, or plan to add decorative paneling as a finishing touch. You can also add shelving on the side and plan for the countertop to stick out about 10 inches from where the slide in range meets the cabinet back. Use the extra countertop depth as a place to seat folks so they can talk with you while you cook. There should be enough distance to avoid any grease splatter accidents, however.
Call in a certified electrician to decide where to put outlets for the range and how best to extend the wiring under the floor. Find out what you need to have an overhead vent installed or set underneath for the downdraft system, and have the work completed before you install the cabinets. Once done, build a case for your range, consisting of two sides and a back. Begin installing your range and cabinets, making adjustments as you go along. Avoid bolting anything in until you have everything placed properly. Use 2-inch spacers between your slide in range and the cabinets on either side.
Measure your island top once the cabinets and the range are set in place. Diagram the surface on paper with the measurements, then have a 4-foot-by-8-foot plywood sheet cut to fit the top to provide a temporary working surface. Do not bolt this down. Just use glued-on wood bracers to hold the top from sliding. Call in a countertop maker to do the professional measure and have the company install it if it is anything other than a laminate countertop. Granite and quartz is a great countertop selection for kitchen islands because of its sturdiness, but generally requires a professional installation.
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