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How to Install a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands are a great way to gain countertop space. Learn how to install one with these step-by-step instructions.

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  • Price Range

    $1,000 - $2,500

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Mark all Points for the Island Placement

To place the center island, we reference the plans and measure from both the sink wall and cook-top wall. At the intersection make a mark that represents the center of the island.

Use a level as a straightedge to mark points on either side and put down a tape line to indicate where the edge of the base should sit. Set down the toe-kick platform for the island in place using the tape line and center mark as reference, and then set the center island on top.

Step 2: Secure the Cabinets

Secure the cabinet to the base. Secure the other two outer cabinets with cabinet screws. Clamp the panels to the cabinets to secure them in place. Then use panhead cabinet screws to secure them permanently.

Step 3: Attach Final Pieces

Attach the doors and slide in the drawers to finish the island cabinet installation.

slide in drawers to finish island installation