Whether online or in-person, any home design service can help consumers choose island shapes and surfaces. Popular home improvement warehouses such as The Home Depot and Lowe's offer free in-store consultations, while IKEA provides independent contractors.
The Home Depot website includes a MyKitchenDesign portal and a CountertopEstimator to plan redesigns and estimate the price of new countertops, while the Lowe's website includes a virtual room designer and surface comparison chart. Lowe's boasts a 92 percent countertop-installation satisfaction rate.
Commonly used island surface materials include natural stones such as quartz and granite, wood, laminate, steel, ceramic tile or concrete.
Kitchen islands can add up to 25 percent more counter and cabinet space and provide electrical outlets and additional sink or stove placement options. Contractors help you plan the features of kitchen islands while considering the need for working space, storage requirements and gas and electrical codes.