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.

T Kitchen Island/Dining Table

T Kitchen Island/Dining Table

Materials: Expedit Shelving unit, Pragel Countertop, Galant Tabletop, Vika Byske legs, wood and hardwareDescription: 1. Attach the countertop to the bookshelf using Gorilla Glue and L-brackets. I used 8 brackets total: 1 on each short side and 3 on each long side. 2. Drill holes into the countertop. I taped…

Country Kitchen Island made from IKEA HEMNES dresser

Country Kitchen Island made from IKEA HEMNES dresser

Kitchen islands are expensive! And they are not very cute. I took an old HEMNES 3-drawer chest (the bigger one) and re-purposed it into a country kitchen island. Materials: HEMNES 3-Drawer Chest How I made my country style kitchen island: I took the backing off the dresser and bought a…

A Norden kitchen island

A Norden kitchen island

Materials: One Norden item and some Franklin chairsDescription: I was looking for an island in my kitchen which is not separate from the living room.As I’m not a billionaire, was searching a cheap solution… As I already have a Norden item from Ikea, the size of it was too small…

Zen kitchen island

Zen kitchen island

Materials: Lack Table, Fintorp bar+hook+door knobsDescription: Take 8 tables Lack (5.9 €) and pile them two by two to form a cube.Take two patches of 110 cm * 90 cms* 1 cms medium(30 €) and screw them on two quoted of the cube.I put a bar Fintorp (6.99 €) with…

MALM meets NUMERAR Kitchen Island

MALM meets NUMERAR Kitchen Island

Materials: MALM, NUMERAR, AKURUM Description: My wife and I recently bought our first house. Yay! As you can imagine, living in L.A. means housing is very expensive, and we didn’t have very much left in our budget to renovate the new house as much as we would have liked to.…

Easy Expedit Kitchen Island

Easy Expedit Kitchen Island

Materials: Expedit Cabinet, Expedit Castors, Grundtal Rail, Lamplig Chopping Board, Grundtal S-HookDescription: We needed a Kitchen Island for a moderately sized kitchen, but could not find one that we liked. Taking inspiration from IkeaHackers, we decided to set about making our own. Using all Ikea products the whole project cost…

Country Kitchen Island Unit for a Small Urban Kitchen

Country Kitchen Island Unit for a Small Urban Kitchen

Materials: 2 x bedside unit (we think it was LACK but the nearest they now sell is called KONSMO), 1 x Large chopping board, also originally from IKEA (no longer stocked), a handful of screws, a saw, and 1 pot of paint.Description: When we moved into our current house, the…

Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Cart

Stainless Steel Kitchen Island Cart

Materials: Ikea Hyttan Table Top (1 large, 2 small), 4 Vika Moliden LegsDescription: Ikea ($390) 1x Ikea Hyttan Table Top, 59″ x 29 1/2″ x 1 5/8″. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40115532/ 2x Ikea Hyttan Table Top, 47 1/2″ x 23 5/8″ x 1 5/8″. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20115533/ 4x Ikea Vika Moliden Legs, 1 5/8″ x…

The tiny kitchen island

The tiny kitchen island

Materials: Expedit 2×2, Vika Amon, Expedit drawers and legs from other shopDescription: I have a small area in my kitchen/livingroom so I decided to do this by using Ikea stuff which are cheap and easy to work with. Those legs I bought somewhere else. I’m very satisfied 🙂 ~ Sabina,…

White concrete wrapped Ikea kitchen island

White concrete wrapped Ikea kitchen island

Materials: Faktum Cabinets, Rational drawers Besta Push OpenersDescription: Used standard Faktum Cabinets with a custom re-enforced ground frame to hold the weight of concrete benchtop. Used Besta push openers to act as drawer openers so I can maintain a flush appearance on the front of the kitchen island.~ Aaron, Melbourne

What’s a kitchen without an island

What’s a kitchen without an island

Photo: IKEA.comMaterials: Norden Sideboard, Varde Countertop, Drill, Saw (table or circular)Description: I have a decent sized kitchen with a poor countertop layout. I combined the Norden Sideboard with a Varde countertop that overhangs to give me a kitchen island with seating. This is something that is sorely lacking from the…

Kitchen island – All ikea material

Kitchen island – All ikea material

Materials: FAKTUM Wall cabinet, Applad white FAKTUM Base cabinet for recycling, Applad white, CAPITA Leg, stainless steel JULIUS Bar stool, Stainless steel, black PRAGEL Countertop, black stone effect, White paint, Hooks Description: When we bought our house we wanted a kitchen island but we have a smaller kitchen so all…

Simple kitchen island from bed slats

Simple kitchen island from bed slats

Materials: Sultan Lade bed slats, saw, drill with screwdriver bit, screws, hammer, finishing nails Description: Saw some kitchen island that I liked but none of them had the exact dimensions I needed, nor did I want to spend $50+ on something that didn’t work for us. Every renter can use…

Kitchen Island for small spaces

Kitchen Island for small spaces

Materials: Effectiv cabinets, Vika Amon table top, Rill locking casters Description: I live in a two room old farmhouse with very limited storage and absolutely not a single closet at all. Thus I am always trying to find pieces that will hide my clutter. I have matching Effectiv floor cabinets…

Lack kitchen shelving unit/Island

Lack kitchen shelving unit/Island

Materials: 2 Lack Coffee tables (31×45); 4 metal bracketsDescription: 1. Completely assemble one of the Lack tables. 2. Put the respective table legs on the second table, but not the lower shelf or shelf brackets. (You could put the shelf on the second table as well, I just chose not…

Best(a) Island for kitchen

Best(a) Island for kitchen

Materials: Numerär kitchen counter, small Besta shelves, Besta bottle rack, Capita stand, Vinna handlesDescription: Background – Always wanted to have a kitchen island that matches the overall kitchen style – Needed more space for cooking books that were stored on window ledge (can be seen on the first picture background)…

Expedit Rolling Kitchen Island

Expedit Rolling Kitchen Island

Materials: EXPEDIT shelving unit, LAGAN countertop, BRANAS basketsDescription: Working with a small footprint kitchen I wanted to build an island that would provide seating, storage and extra counterspace. I saw similiar hacks on this site and was inspired to combine them into one super hack! First – I assembled the…

Cheap Lack Kitchen Island

Cheap Lack Kitchen Island

Materials: Lack End Tables, and Vika Amon Table TopDescription: Pretty simple Hack. 2 Ikea Lack Side Tables stacked on top of each other, I used 4 L brackets to attach the two together. Then the small cheap vika amon table top glued on top. Cost me about 25 bucks between…

L-Shaped Expedit Kitchen Island

L-Shaped Expedit Kitchen Island

Materials: 2 Expedits 2 by 2, Vika Amon Table Top, 4 Vika Curry Table legs (only the top part), 4 Besta Legs, Drawers, SkrewsDescription: For our new kitchen we searched a kitchen island. But none of the premade matched our needs (my wife wanted something with color). So I hacked…

Retractable Kitchen Island, Controlled with an iPhone

Retractable Kitchen Island, Controlled with an iPhone

Materials: Akurum kitchen system Description: Web developer Tim Thaler hacked an Ikea kitchen island to sink into his sub-basement when it’s not in use. Watch a video of it in action: See more of the retractable Ikea kitchen island. ~ Submitted by Sonia Zjawinski, United States

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