DIY Kitchen Island from IKEA


The kitchen, one of the busiest areas in any home, is typically short of space, especially in apartments, condominiums and smaller residences. If you have more floor space than counter and shelf space, a kitchen island may be a space-creating solution for you. IKEA, the ready-to-assemble home goods retailer, has several models of kitchen islands for purchase; but you can make an attractive, utilitarian and less expensive kitchen island using a couple of IKEA Lack side tables, a butcher block top and adhesive.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 IKEA Lack side tables
  • 24-inch by 24-inch butcher block top
  • Heavy-duty double-sided foam adhesive squares
  • 24-inch drawer handle
  • 4 rolling casters with brakes
  • Several decorative cup hooks
  • Acquire and assemble two IKEA Lack side tables. Make sure they are put together correctly and are sturdy.

  • Stack the two IKEA Lack side tables together, one on top of the other.

  • Secure the tables together by putting an adhesive square on the bottom of each of the legs of the top table. Make sure the table legs of the top table line up exactly with the table legs of the bottom table. Press the top table tightly to the table top of the bottom table so that the adhesive sticks and holds well.

  • Line the outer edge of the top table with adhesive squares, and put several squares in the middle as well. Press the butcher block top tightly to the top of the top Lack side table to affix it well to your newly formed island. Place something heavy on top of the butcher block overnight to set the adhesive.

  • Attach the drawer handle to one horizontal edge of the top IKEA Lack table. Use this for a kitchen towel rack or a cart handle to push the island as a mobile work cart.

  • Turn the island upside down and rest it on the butcher block tabletop. Attach a rolling caster to the bottom of each table leg. Turn the island upright and lock the casters so the structure doesn’t roll.

  • Attach the cup hooks either under the drawer handle in a horizontal row or along one side of the island. Hang kitchen utensils or small pots and pans on the hooks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a 23-inch-by-24-inch slab of granite or flat cement instead of a wooden butcher block for a different look.
  • For a colorful designer look, use mosaic tile on thick plywood for the island top instead of a wooden butcher block.
  • For a larger kitchen island, use four Lack side tables and larger tabletop materials.

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