Published on May 7th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Custom Ikea island for meal prep/dining/pantry/recycling

Materials: (2) Akurum cabinets, (6) casters, plywood, (1) Numerar counter top, (2) Capita brackets, (2) Henriksdal stools, (2) Hemma cord set, (2) Fantsa shade; power drill and drill bits, nuts, bolts, washers, dry wall screws, Liquid Nails

Description: The base of the island is two Ikea cabinets (base Akurum cabinets in Applad white; 2x$105). We screwed the two cabinets together and replaced the legs with six casters ($60). The back side is simply 1/8″ plywood painted flat white. One cabinet is used for pantry items. The other holds our recycling bins and garbage; we left the drawer fronts off for easy access.

The island’s surface is our main prep surface (Ikea Numerar in black-brown; $59). We used dry wall screws to secure from below.

We also lofted a custom stainless steel shelf (interdynesystems.com; $300) with four Ikea Capita brackets ($20). We used a scrap piece of 1″ thick wood on the underside of the hollow shelf and attached it with Liquid Nails.

We added two bar stools (Ikea Henriksdal; 2x$80), and this is our eating space. The eating area is complete with two small lights hanging over the island (two Hemma cord sets with red Fantsa shades).

See more of Kate’s custom Ikea kitchen.

~ Kate, Lowell, MA

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Jules Yap

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5 Responses to Custom Ikea island for meal prep/dining/pantry/recycling

  1. Anonymous says:

    I saw the same from IKEA store. Did you gave your design/hacked to IKEA?

  2. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    It looks nice, I like it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    As Mel said, your wall looks fantastic. Combined with your counter, it looks very “hipster” (and I mean that, for once, in a good way ;) ).

    I’d just like to point out that you have a very ugly stove ;)

  4. Anonymous says:

    wonderful. Hard to see the height proportion to the stools, but just a great clean, beautiful hack. another potential hack of the year!

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