How to Create a Butcher Block Island
As we’ve talked about many times before, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. As such, it’s important to have make effective use of space, create a social area that can involve the family and create key focal points in the kitchen to tie the different areas together.
A butcher block island is an ideal solution for creating a usable food preparation space that does not dominate the kitchen, but helps to provide a transitional space between cooking, preparation and cleaning zones.
The end grain butcher blocks are the perfect worktop for kitchen islands. There are two distinct options: a 1M x 620mm x 100m rectangular surface or a circular option with a 620mm diameter. Both shapes are available in oak, maple or a combination of maple and walnut.
If you’d like to know how to create a butcher block island, we’ve put together this straightforward guide to help you create the most suitable kitchen island for your home.
Butcher Blocks Island Features
If you are planning a larger kitchen island but want to use a butcher block as a prominent feature on your island, they can be easily incorporated into the design. Consider using a butcher block as an extension to one end of the island, or overlapping onto your existing island worktop.
Circular butcher blocks can be inset on an island with large radius corners or as a feature on a worktop with a spacious ellipse end. Rectangular butcher blocks can also be inset into the worktop or attached as a seamless addition to the end of a kitchen island (1 metre wide or less), and can be easily supported with the use of our breakfast bar legs.
Moveable Butcher Block Islands
To provide flexibility in your kitchen a moveable butcher block island can be employed, offering versatile food preparation space that can be moved around your kitchen as and when required. This flexibility means it can be stowed away or moved to the side of the kitchen when not in use, or easily manoeuvred to a prominent location if needed.
Our end grain butcher blocks can be attached to a purpose-built kitchen trolley, or used as a replacement surface on an existing trolley. Worktop Express sells wooden kitchen trolleys featuring either an oak or beech worktop, offering an elegant food preparation space for smaller kitchens.
The worktops could be easily substituted for a cut-to-size end grain butchers block if you would prefer a more substantial surface to cope with direct cutting.
A Small Butcher Block Island
Butcher blocks can also be used to create a permanent kitchen island up to 1 metre in length, which is perfect for a smaller open kitchen. This type of butcher block island could be of a similar construction to our wooden kitchen trolleys to include open storage, or alternatively could be created using two (or more) kitchen units.
Our sister company, SolidWoodKitchenCabinets.co.uk offers a variety of kitchen units and other accessories that could be used to easily create a small butcher block island.
If you are considering a butcher block island in your kitchen, why not order samples of our end grain butcher blocks. These are available in each of the types of butcher block worktops in our range and cost just £5 including fast delivery. If you do decide to go on and order one of the worktops from us, we’ll happily refund the cost of a sample.