A kitchen counter that is not attached to walls or other surfaces, and that can be accessed from all sides.

Things you need to know

Kitchen islands should be in proportion with the rest of the space, and there should be plenty of space to walk around it.

Cost Considerations

Inexpensive options for a kitchen island are freestanding worktables or rolling carts, at about $200. Built-in islands can range from $600 to over $5,000.

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