Unique Kitchen Island Ideas

One of the most important features that you can add to the kitchen in your home is an island. Kitchen islands serve a variety of purposes, including increasing the available workspace in your kitchen and providing the perfect gathering spot for your friends and family. However, if you’re like most homeowners, you want to make sure that your island is attractive as well as functional, making it helpful to learn about a few kitchen island design ideas.

Here are a few unique kitchen island ideas that you should consider when you’re remodeling your home’s kitchen, and advice for hiring a remodel professional.

Country Island

When you’re trying to install a country kitchen in your home, your island can make or break your desired design. Fortunately, if you have an old dresser in your home, you can easily make an island for your country kitchen with the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease.

By stripping an old dresser and then repainting it in more rustic colors, you can make an interesting island for your country kitchen that your guests will be sure to love. In addition to its attractive appearance, a kitchen island made from an antique dresser will add valuable storage space to your kitchen.

Add Shelves

If you already have an island in your kitchen that isn’t providing the utility that you need, you can make a few small tweaks that will increase its functionality while improving its appearance. For example, if you have an old bookshelf in your home that you no longer use, you can take the shelves and add them to your existing kitchen island.

By adding shelving to the exterior of your island you’ll be serving several purposes First, it will add storage to your kitchen that can be used for cookbooks, cooking utensils or even school supplies. Second, shelving can completely overhaul the look of your kitchen island. Best of all, this renovation task is quick and affordable.

Reclaimed Cabinets

One of the hottest trends in kitchen renovation is using reclaimed materials, and this is also a great way to add an island to your kitchen or to makeover an existing island. If you’re replacing your kitchen cabinets during your kitchen remodel, for example, you can put your old cabinets to use by making them the base for your new kitchen island.

All you need is two to three old cabinets, some new hardware, and an overhanging countertop and you can create an attractive, useful island for your kitchen with very little effort. Making your kitchen island out of old cabinets is an especially good choice for homeowners that are trying to reduce the cost of their remodel.

Corrugated Tin

The biggest difficulty in installing a new island in your kitchen is finding a way to make the base attractive. While there are several ways that you could accomplish this goal, using reclaimed corrugated tin roofing is one of the most effective.

If you cover the base of your island in corrugated tin roof, you’ll be accomplishing a rustic look with minimal effort. Also, focusing your remodeling efforts on the base of your island will allow you to prioritize the functionality of your countertop. While it may be slightly difficult to find the right corrugated tin for your island, it will be well worth the effort when you see the final product.

Use Old Lockers

If you’re the type of homeowner that wants their kitchen island to have as unique an appearance as possible, then a great solution is making the base of your island out of old school lockers. Whether you purchase your lockers from a store or from a school getting rid of their old equipment, making an island out of school lockers provides both an interesting aesthetic and a surprising amount of storage space.

Building your island out of old school lockers is a particularly good choice if you have school age children that commonly use your kitchen to complete their homework.

Large Desks

Going antiquing is a great way to stock your kitchen with attractive items, and is also a great way to find a one of a kind kitchen island. For example, during your antique shopping adventures, keep an eye out for a large wooden desk, which can be an ideal solution for your kitchen island.

Desks make great kitchen islands for a variety of reasons. First, a desktop provides the large workspace that is the hallmark of a useful kitchen counter. Secondly, the space that is normally used for a desk chair can be repurposed as a place to hang your pots and pans. Finally, the drawers can be used to store important documents or frequently used kitchen utensils.

If you want to increase the utility of your desk kitchen island, you can replace the existing desktop with an oversized tabletop.


For homeowners that are interested in a more traditional kitchen island, it’s important to pick the right construction material. While many homeowners choose to make their island out of granite or marble, an equally exciting option is building your kitchen island out of limestone.

Limestone is a great choice for a kitchen island that is both attractive and durable. Plus, since few kitchens make use of limestone, your island will provide your kitchen a signature appearance. If you make your island out of large limestone slabs, you will be able to construct your island with virtually no seams, offering a sleek look.

Add Functionality

In most kitchens, the island is simply a workspace that may provide a little extra storage. However, with the right planning, you can make your island the centerpiece of your kitchen. For example, you can use a marble kitchen island top that pulls double duty as a butcher’s block. You could also install a sink in your island to improve its usefulness.

Think about the features that you need the most in your kitchen, and then talk with your kitchen remodel professional about how you can add these features to your kitchen island.

Build Your Kitchen Island Ideas

As you can see, there are countless ways that you can add a unique island to your kitchen. If you need help choosing the right kitchen island ideas for your home, then you need to consult with the professionals at Kitchen Solvers.

The Kitchen Solvers team is ready to help you build your perfect kitchen. We can discuss your options for a kitchen island and then help you plan and execute its construction. Visit a Kitchen Solvers location today to get started on your project.