Kitchen units and the kitchen island explained

Kitchen units and an island are the key elements. Find out how they’re made, how they’re finished, and what to include from drawers to corner units.

In this article we cover:

  • Carcase types including dimensions and how they’re made
  • How the carcases are finished
  • Choice of doors and ironmongery
  • Drawers vs open shelves
  • Door facings: choices with pros and cons
  • How high you should go: design choices for top of units
  • Pantries, cupboards, corner units: how to maximise their use
  • Island design and how to make them work for you


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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