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Whether or not you end up doing the entire job yourself, you should make a “blueprint” of what’s there now. This will be your kitchen islands ideas generator. With a legal pad or graph paper, a pencil and a tape measure, start by measuring the walls and, if its open on one side, that space as well.

You should end up with some sort of box. Next, draw the countertops (length and depths – Dwg. 1 below). Its not necessary to draw cabinets or windows, unless that helps locating the sink, range, etc, and write in as many dimensions as you can.

Make copies of this layout before you draw in any of your kitchen islandsideas so they won’t seem precious to you and you’ll be freer to “make mistakes” and pitch ’em if another idea pops up. Graph paper comes in handy here because you can simply count the squares for measurements. Of all the kitchen islands, ideas, designs and drawings, a 48″ (+/-) x 24″ (+/-) seemed to work best (copy).

I added a 2’x2′ extension to the countertop (dotted lines) just for fun, but it might be a good idea if this island replaces a breakfast nook. More storage, a place to gather, another nice working surface and maybe bistro seating for two or three.

Click on any of the links below for more ideas and tips on things you can do to remodel and decorate your kitchen … and if you have any kitchen islands ideas or tips, please send them here!

OUTRAGEOUSLY CHEAP KITCHEN ISLAND

KITCHEN LIGHTING IDEAS

GREEN KITCHEN CABINETS

KITCHEN BACKSPLASH IDEAS

KITCHEN DECORATING IDEAS

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