20 IKEA Kitchen Island Hacks To Transform Your Space

A kitchen island is one of the most requested piece in any kitchen, as it provides extra space to cook, dine, entertain, or just to get some extra storage.

However, in some kitchens especially in a rental unit, islands are a luxury as they can be expensive to set up and they tend to require a lot of space.

But with a bit of IKEA hacking, it’s possible to build an affordable kitchen island, suited to the dimensions of your kitchen.

You can even make it a portable kitchen island so you can use it in more ways than one.

The key is to use your IKEA kitchen island to its full potential! We’ve collected 20+ amazing IKEA kitchen island hacks that will show you exactly how to do that.

Cheap, Stylish IKEA designed Kitchen Island Bench for under $300!

Cheap, Stylish IKEA designed Kitchen Island Bench for under $300!

I used to live in a very new and stylish apartment that had a massive island bench (220cm x 90cm), but then I moved to one which had the same layout but not the bench. Both me and my housemate prepare a lot of meals throughout the week and required…

Another Expedit or Kallax Kitchen Island

Another Expedit or Kallax Kitchen Island

After years of thinking of doing it, I’ve finally posted one of my IKEA hacks to this site!  I’ve been through hundreds of pieces of IKEA furniture in my lifetime, and the pattern is always the same: Buy item, bring it home, assemble it, it looks awesome.  Yay. Get a…

Slähult table top + Expedit shelf unit = Oval Kitchen island

Slähult table top + Expedit shelf unit = Oval Kitchen island

We bought a Slähult table top from the as-is department. Then, fastened it to the top of our existing Expedit shelf unit to make an oval kitchen island. (We plan to re-do the kitchen in Grimslöv in our new-to-us home. But in the mean time we needed more counter space!)…

Small Kitchen Counter and Storage

Small Kitchen Counter and Storage

    Ikea Items:  Omar Shelving Unit and Lämplig Chopping Board We needed a small counter space along the side of the stove but it couldn’t be too deep or it would block the doorway.  So we purchased the smallest Omar shelving unit. The open wire top of the Omar…

Breakfast Bar with Dish and Silverware Storage

Breakfast Bar with Dish and Silverware Storage

Materials: Bygel Utility Cart, Ekby Stilig Bracket. OPTIONAL: White Olov table legs, Franklin bar stool, Gerton Table Top, LÄMPLIG chopping board, small Pluggis containers I have a very awkward space between my kitchen and living room with no distinct area for a table, kitchen cart or shelving unit. So I decided…

Coastal IKEA kitchen island from BJÖRKUDDEN table

Coastal IKEA kitchen island from BJÖRKUDDEN table

Materials: BJÖRKUDDEN table, Fence Post toppers, high end plywood, white furniture paint and 8 “L” Bracket from Home Depot. 1. I purchased the BJÖRKUDDEN table at IKEA. Fence Post toppers, high end plywood, white furniture paint and 8 “L” Bracket from Home Depot. 2. The legs and under table top…

High-top Gerton Slab Kitchen Island

High-top Gerton Slab Kitchen Island

Materials: Bestå Castors, Gerton Table Top, Lack TV Unit After looking all over the place for a kitchen island that would meet the needs of our new, open (but smaller) kitchen, we decided to hack it with Ikea. We wanted something multi-functional that could operate as a dining table, prep…

Top kitchen cabinets made into a kitchen island

Top kitchen cabinets made into a kitchen island

  This is my IKEA hack. 6 top cabinets to make 1 kitchen island. I used 6 standard top cabinets and screwed them together on the inside back to back. For some extra support we also screwed some 4 by 4’s across the bottom. We put a multiplex plate over…

Extendable Kitchen Island using Expedit and Linmon

Extendable Kitchen Island using Expedit and Linmon

Materials: Expedit, Linmon, OLOV, Rill We originally wanted a table at the end of our kitchen that could be easily moved out of the way. But we had no money left in the budget for one. So we added casters to our old Expedit, and used a no-longer-needed Linmon table…

Shiny Kitchen Island

Shiny Kitchen Island

Materials: METOD Kitchen Base units and Bredskar Sink 5 metod kitchen cabinets plus an integrated Dishwasher brought together to form a kitchen Island. 3 units were chopped into to allow for a bespoke Douglas fir box shelf to be inserted. Ikea sink unit welded into stainless steel worktop made at a…

New Kitchen Island made of slats

New Kitchen Island made of slats

Materials: 2 x Sultan LADE, Numerär worktop I’m really proud of myself because I did this hack with only a little bit of help from my husband. The first picture shows a part of my kitchen before my hack . I was sure that a new kitchen cabinet had to…

Hack an affordable Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Countertop

Hack an affordable Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Countertop

Materials: Sanfrid Stainless Table Top 59″x29″ We wanted a stainless steel top for our kitchen island. We also purchased a new gas range that would be the centerpiece of this island. Custom fabricating this top with a local metal shop would have cost $1,000. We were able to accomplish this with…

Island with dishwasher and water chiller

Island with dishwasher and water chiller

Materials: Akurum wall and base cabinett, butcher block top, Orsa doors and door fronts We needed an island at work to house a dishwasher, a water chiller, and provide storage for utensils and extra glasses. We also wanted a working surface and a place for a cooktop. After measuring the clearance required for…

Small Kitchen Island/Workplace

Small Kitchen Island/Workplace

Materials: FAKTUM Wall cabinet, LÄMPLIG chopping board, BRANÄS Basket, VARIERA box I need additional workspace for my kitchen, but couldn’t find an island/cart that was small enough. I used a FAKTUM Wall cabinet because it had just the right height, adding some feet from the DIY store. The LÄMPLIG chopping…

Affordable IKEA Numerar Kitchen Island

Affordable IKEA Numerar Kitchen Island

Materials: AKURUM Cabinets, NUMERÄR countertops 96″Lx25″W, PERFEKT end base unit Hack requires two NUMERÄR countertops, 96″L x 25″W. I had them trimmed down slightly to fit the space. Both the inside sides were trimmed and planed (can be done at local wood-shop or planing mill or DIY if you have…

A butler’s pantry

A butler’s pantry

Materials: 2 x 18″AKURUM cabinets, 2 x LEDBERG, 2 x Perfekt wine shelves I wanted to create a butler’s pantry, but the space I wanted to use was only 36 inches deep. I got the Perfekt wine shelves and they were perfect, however the cabinets were 24″ deep. Way too…

Kitchen Island with drawers: An IKEA HEMNES hack

Kitchen Island with drawers: An IKEA HEMNES hack

It’s hard to find a kitchen island with drawers vs. some random wine rack and open shelves. So it was time to get creative and make my own.  After digging around on Etsy for what seemed like a million years I still couldn’t find one that provided enough storage. And…

Two levels kitchen island with Varde cabinet

Two levels kitchen island with Varde cabinet

We recently moved into a big house (compared to our previous small apartment) and I wanted to make the most of my old Varde cabinet (the one with 2 drawers and 2 doors). We needed something for our quick meals and a kid friendly eating zone. We bought a countertop…

Kitchen Island with UTBY top

Kitchen Island with UTBY top

Materials: UTBY Stainless Steel top, GRUNDTAL shelf polesDescription: I had to build this island in place since there were two studs from a wall removal which was attached electrical, and I didn’t want the expense of hiring an electrician. So I had to cut through the metal, and inner MDF…

DIY Kitchen Island made from BILLY bookcases

DIY Kitchen Island made from BILLY bookcases

We took down a wall between our kitchen and living room and created a room divider. Our DIY kitchen island is an IKEA BILLY hack! We used three BILLY bookcases and a NUMERAR butcher block as the main ingredients for this island. Materials: BILLY bookcases x 3 NUMERAR countertop DIY…

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