5 island units we love (and how we created them)

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with movable island on industrial castors


The kitchen is the heart of your home. You’ll share dinners, parties and conversation with friends and family for years to come. You’ll laugh with friends over a glass of wine. You’ll cook up delicious meals. Your kitchen deserves a fitting centre piece, and that’s where your bespoke kitchen island comes in.

Your kitchen island is an important feature that can help you entertain, and will provide a special space for friends to chat the night away as you whip up dinner and share a glass or two. But the key to finding your unique design and perfect kitchen island comes from asking yourself these questions.

The first and most important question to ask is, what is important to you? Consider how you want your kitchen to work for you. What do you value most in your kitchen space? Do you want to entertain dinner parties every weekend? Would you like your kids to be able to sit and do their homework as you cook? Are you a showstopper baking master, or a wok-wielding chef?

Through our bespoke design service, we can cater to your every need. Whether it’s an open-sided island to display your precious dishware or a unit with beautiful hand-painted doors that keeps everything tucked away, we can help. You might even opt to allow your island to make a statement. Contrasting colours and impactful worktops provide a serious ‘wow’ factor.

We’ve even built bespoke dog beds into island units – nothing is too much for our four-legged friends!

With this in mind, here’s a shortlist of our favourite island units that we’ve designed over the years.

Kitchen Island unit: Grand Grey Shaker

Read more about this kitchen here.

This island unit is so much more than a breakfast bar. As a sociable couple, our clients knew that having a multifunctional island unit could easily become the piece de resistance of their home.

The lower end of the island has been put to work, displaying a wine climate cabinet and glazed glass storage.

Elsewhere, we created a slatted display space that was bespoke to their decorative accessories and cookery books.

Islands provide a great opportunity to disguise appliances, too: we subtly integrated the dishwasher, bespoke pull out bins and more food storage. By including a Quooker boiling water tap, the island becomes the perfect place to stop for a cup of tea and a chit-chat.

Finishing off the sleek, bespoke look, we topped the island in sustainably-sourced oiled oak, which transitions into a Carrara marble worktop at the end of the island.

Grand Grey Shaker Kitchen with oak topped breakfast bar

Grand Grey Shaker Kitchen with grey painted cabinets and island with carrara marble worktop with baby grand piano in the background

Grand Grey Shaker Kitchen hand painted with Buster and Punch pulls and knobs

Bespoke Island unit: Pegboard Plywood Kitchen

Undoubtedly, the focal feature of this kitchen is the moveable island.

Despite having a single oven and induction hob, the island still sits on oversized, colourful, industrial castors with brakes, making the floor space of the kitchen truly versatile. If the kids need more play space, it can be moved to the side; and if the family wanted to try a new layout, it’s the work of moments.

Having a personal relationship with our clients allows us to create truly bespoke homes. For this family, the kids were at the heart of the design: the back of the island even has a pegboard where the children can hang their toys and artworks.

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with movable island with integrated hob and oven

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with movable island and stainless steel worktop

Pegboard Plywood Kitchen with industrial movable island on yellow castors


Island Unit: White Shaker with Brass Worktop

Sometimes, simplicity is key. We love this island unit purely for its honest functionality and stunning worktop.

During their consultation with the Sustainable Kitchens design team, it quickly became apparent that designing a natural gathering point would fit in perfectly with this family’s lifestyle. Working together, we decided that a large island unit with seating for five would have a social and aesthetic function, truly tying the room together.

Three oversized pendants shine a light on this social aspect, and a Quooker Fusion Mixer tap providing boiling, hot and cold water encourages the family and their guests to catch up over a cup of tea.

 White Shaker Kitchen with Belfast sink, brass worktop and rolling ladder
White Shaker Kitchen with large kitchen island, brass worktops and brass pendant lights
White Shaker Kitchen with brass worktops, brass splashback and brass pendant lights

Island unit: Colourful, Fun Shaker Kitchen

It doesn’t get more playful than a bright green island unit. A bold choice like this is best left to our design team: they’re experts in colour, and can ensure your kitchen makes the right kind of statement.

This large central island has a sustainably-sourced oiled oak worktop. With two ovens and an induction hob, it functions both as a cooking space and a large breakfast bar area.

Colourful fun Shaker kitchen with bar stools and Oak worktop

Island Unit: Dark Green Shaker Kitchen

As one of Houzz’s top 10 kitchens of the year, this is a masterclass in design.

The island unit, housing both the dishwasher and the sink, incorporates a breakfast bar with open oak shelving. We topped it off with honed, pencil-veined Carrara marble and a polished brass mixer tap with separate spray rinse. It’s thoughtful little details like that come out in our design consultations. They make all the difference to your day-to-day family life.

Dark Green Shaker Kitchen with sink in the island, Carrera Marble Island worktopand Perrin & Rowe Polished Brass Tap, hand painted in Little Green Obsidian Green (216)

Dark Green Shaker kitchen with kitchen Island including a bookeshelf and Carrera Marble island worktop and Perrin & Rowe Calisto C Spout tap finished in Polished Brass-30

Dark Green Shaker kitchen with island with bookshelf and breakfast bar and a reclaimed vintage haberdashery cabinet

All of the kitchens you see on our blog are from the Sustainable Kitchens portfolio.

Got some island unit plans of your own? Give us a ring on 0117 961 6471 or drop us a line on hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk