10 DIY Kitchen Island Ideas That You Can Build Yourself
If you're thinking about building your own kitchen island but need a little inspiration first, then you're in the right place.
In this post, we cover 10 DIY kitchen island ideas that you can build yourself using Kee Klamp fittings and pipe. Kee Klamp fittings are easy to work with and you don't need to have any prior building experience to use them.
Unlike traditional pipe fittings that connect via a threaded connection, Kee Klamp fittings slide over pipe and secure down by tightening a set screw (using just an Allen Wrench). This allows for simple assembly, modification, and reassembly (if needed).
All of the ideas in this post were built by our customers using Kee Klamp. Browse the list and see if there is a fit for your kitchen:
Live Edge Kitchen Island
This rolling kitchen island was built by Ben for his son's new condo as a student at LSU. Space inside the condo is limited, so Ben wanted to create something that could be rolled out of the way when needed. The result is this live edge, rolling kitchen island.
The live edge top was custom built by Ben from a nearly 700 year old Sinker Cypress tree. The frame was built using our Basic Table Frame Kit. This kit is configurable in height, length, width, and type of "feet" (with or without casters).
To read more about Ben's project, and find step-by-step instructions for building this exact kitchen island, check out the full tutorial here.
Wood Top Kitchen Island
This kitchen island was built by Dan in West Babylon, New York. The island features a custom wood table top. The fittings used in this project include the Flange fitting, Single Socket Tee, and 90 Degree Side Outlet Tee.
Large Kitchen Work Table
This kitchen island was built by Eric in Los Cerrillos, New Mexico. The large design features a custom table frame that makes use of just one type of fitting, the Single Socket Tee.
Butcher Block Kitchen Island
This butcher block kitchen island was built by Tracey in Friendswood, Texas. The island is Tracey's third project using Kee Klamp fittings. It features a custom butcher block top that is 30" wide by 50" long. The top is roughly 4" thick.
In addition to the kitchen island, Tracey also built a matching beverage cart. The full write up on that project can be found here.
Rolling Kitchen Island
This rolling butcher block kitchen island was built by Margaret as a movable workspace. The island makes use of our Basic Table Frame Kit with an added pipe bar that wraps around the entire top of the frame. This allows towels to be hung from the frame.
If you'd like space for hanging towels or other items from your island, you may also want to check out the Kee Klamp Hook fitting.
Here's what Tracey had to say about the project:
"It is versatile because I can use it as a movable workspace, or as a gathering spot for guests in the kitchen when we entertain. We did that last night and it was a huge success. Even though it is small--25 x 48 tabletop--five/six people fit around it very comfortably for hors d'oeuvres. The casters make moving it very easy, and it's simple to lock into place. I just love it."
Granite Top Kitchen Island
This granite top kitchen island was built by Jerry in Massachusetts. The frame was built using our Basic Table Frame Kit along with the option for Casters to enable easy mobility. To read more about Jerry's project, check out the full write up here.
Butcher Block Food Cart
This small butcher block kitchen island was built by Justin from Oklahoma City. The island doubles as a kitchen island and a movable food cart. The top was built using a Boos brand butcher block top and measures in at 36" long, 24" wide, and 2" thick. The only fitting used in this project is the Flange fitting.
Here's what Justin had to say about the kitchen island:
"The color is great, the block rocks, my wife loves the how the island anchors the kitchen, and I spent less than $500 on the entire project. About once a month people beg me to build one for them, but this was just a labor of love. Literally!"
Kitchen Island Pipe Accents
In this project, Genevieve used Kee Klamp fittings and pipe to create accents in his custom built kitchen island. The pipe is mainly for looks but it compliments the other industrial elements in the home well. To add the pipe sections to the kitchen island posts, the Flange fitting was used.
Kitchen Island with Wire Grid Shelf
Image Source: Etsy
We can't quite make out how the lower shelf wire grid was attached. However, many of our customers have used the Single Sided Clip to attach wire grid to pipe structures.
Kitchen Island with Lower Wood Shelf
Image Source: Etsy
Lastly, we have this simple kitchen island design that makes use of the Flange and Single Socket Tee fittings. The lower shelf simply rests across the pipe supports. However, it could be connected to the frame using the Fixing Pad fitting.
To wrap up, many of the ideas in this list were built using one of our table frame kits. Try browsing our table frame kits to see if there is a fit for your project. If not, we have over 80 different Kee Klamp fittings that will enable you to build the perfect kitchen island. If you need any help designing your project, please visit our free design assistance page for help.