Kitchen Island

So a few months back my step-sister, Elizabeth, had asked if I could make her a kitchen island. She lives in a row home in Philadelphia and didn’t have much space in her kitchen so was looking to add more places to put all of her utensils and other kitchenware. Always on the lookout for another project I was excited to make a kitchen island. After figuring out the size, we settled on the kitchen island plan I’m sharing today. It’s actually inspired by two different plans I found on Ana White’s site, here and here.

kitchen island plan completed in kitchen

Now while I enjoy cooking and sharing the different meals I make, Elizabeth is an actual chef and cooks at the very well-known Amis Trattoria. As a thank you for making the kitchen island, she took Lauren and I to Amis and we got to sit at the chef’s table. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much in my life. It was an experience we’ll never forget. I will even be sharing a recipe inspired from there down the road!

Luckily for me, Elizabeth loved how the kitchen island plan turned out and is making great use out of it. So if you’re looking for a kitchen island or just some DIY projects, give this a try. Or maybe this inspires you to make your own kitchen island plan like I did!

Kitchen Island Plan Shopping List

  • (4) 2×4 @ 8ft
  • (3) 1×8 @ 8ft
  • (2) 1×3 @ 8ft
  • (2) 1×6 @ 8ft
  • (1) 1x24x48 common board
  • Wood glue
  • 1 1/4″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ pocket-hole screws
  • Stain or paint


  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Hand sander and sandpaper
  • Kreg jig

Cut List

  • (4) – 2×4 @ 35″
  • (6) – 1×8 @ 46″
  • (4) – 1×3 @ 46″
  • (2) – 1×6 @ 41 1/2″
  • (2) – 1×6 @ 19 3/4″

Step 1:
Make all cuts listed above.

Step 2:
Using the table saw you’ll need to trim down the 1×8’s so the shelves fit. There are (6) 1x8s @ 46″. 4 of the 1x8s need to be cut to 6 3/4″ wide and the other 2 need to be cut to 6 1/4″ wide. That way you can put 3 of the boards together to equal 19 3/4″. Using Kreg jig, drill 5 holes into 1x8s. Glue and screw together 3 pieces of the 46″ 1x8s with the two 6 3/4″ wide pieces on the outside and the 6 1/4″ wide piece on the inside. Repeat with the second shelf.

shelve being glued and screwed together for kitchen island plan

Step 3:
Using the Kreg jig, attached the 1x6s @ 19 3/4″ to the 2x4s with 1 1/4″ pocket-hole screws. You want it set in 1 1/2″.

side rail being attached using kreg jig for kitchen island plan

Step 4:
Attach the two 1x6s @ 41 1/2″ to the 2x4s. You can use 1 1/4″ screws and screw into the 2x4s. You don’t have to use the Kreg jig here as it’s against the other 1x6s.

side rails being attached to legs for kitchen island plan

Step 5:
Attach the 1x3s as the side rails to the 2x4s. You want the top of the bottom two side rails to be 3 1/2″ from the ground. Use 1 1/4″ screws and screw into sides of 2x4s. You want the other two 1×3 side rails to 16 1/2″ off the ground, using 1 1/4″ screws to screw into side.

side rails being attached for kitchen island plan

Step 6:
Glue and screw in both shelves into the side rails. It should fit snug in between the legs.

Step 7:
Using Kreg jig, drill holes in the 1×6 side rails so you’ll be able to attach top. Glue and drill 1 1/4″ pocket-hole screws into top shelf which is the 24×48 common board. You’ll want it 1″ from the sides.

kitchen island plan completed

Step 5:
Stain or paint. Protect with polyurethane.

staining for kitchen island plan


  1. The island came out great. I too am inspired by Ana White and end up with too many projects whenever I go to her site. Now I’m afraid you’ve got me planning another one. Thanks for sharing

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