How Much Does It Cost To Install A Kitchen Island?


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Kitchen Island Costs

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Installing a kitchen island will not only improve the function of a large, open kitchen, but it will add to the value of the home significantly. Research indicates that kitchen and bathroom upgrades are the most profitable for homeowners, both in terms of property value and resale value. There are a variety of island choices, from prefabricated, budget-friendly models to full custom island configurations.

The cost of your kitchen island installation will vary based on a number of factors, including the materials used, labor costs, and level of customization. Whether you choose a rolling island or a standalone cabinet that is installed on the floor will also impact the cost of your project.

Kitchen island installation: by island options, sizes, and styles.

Item Unit Cost
Rolling island cart $100-$2,000
Small stationary island $100-$3,500
Island table $200-$8,000
Simple base cabinet: countertop included. $350-$3,500
Custom island cabinet: countertop included. $3,000-$10,000


Kitchen island installation: a 36” x 50” simple base cabinet installed to the floor, using mid-range materials and a granite composite countertop.

Item Unit Cost Quantity Line Cost
Island: base cabinet with countertop included $116-$160 per sq.ft. 12.50 $1,450-$2,000
Hardware and accessories: butcher block, slide-out shelving, garbage and recycle bins (sliding), etc. $50-$150 per accessory 3 $150-$450
Labor Cost $65 per hour 2-4 $130-$260
Total Cost $138.40-$216.80 per sq.ft. 12.50 $1,730-$2,710


Other considerations and costs

  • If you consider putting plumbing fixtures in your island, this will increase costs significantly. This is especially true if new plumbing or electrical lines have to be run to the island, which will also require you to hire a plumber and electrician to complete the work properly.
  • Taxes and permits are not included in this cost estimate. Check with your local municipality regarding building codes as to whether you need a permit for a simple island installation.
  • A custom island from a professional designer is the most expensive option, but it also gives you the most functional use and provides a style-match to your existing kitchen, as well.

DIY considerations

  • Pre-built islands are available from local home improvement stores, which may or may not include countertops. These generally require some assembly but are fairly manageable for those who are more experienced with building projects or handyman tasks. This is an affordable alternative to a custom island installation.
  • If you can design and/or purchase your own island, you can forego the cost of a designer to save money on your kitchen island installation project.
  • If you are installing an island with appliances or plumbing fixtures, you should leave the work to the professionals. This can be dangerous work when not handled by a licensed, experienced pro.


  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.
How much does it cost to install a kitchen island in your city?
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Cost by city

  • New York, NY$3,534
  • Bronx, NY$2,904
  • Brooklyn, NY$2,420
  • Philadelphia, PA$3,019
  • Washington, DC$2,620
  • Atlanta, GA$2,371
  • Miami, FL$2,156
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL$2,258
  • Minneapolis, MN$2,649
  • Chicago, IL$3,087
  • Houston, TX$3,184
  • San Antonio, TX$2,137
  • Austin, TX$2,420
  • Denver, CO$2,045
  • Phoenix, AZ$2,157
  • Las Vegas, NV$2,368
  • Los Angeles, CA$2,668
  • San Diego, CA$2,421
  • San Jose, CA$2,924
  • Seattle, WA$2,141

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