Kitchen island cupboards add flow and aesthetics to your kitchen. Insert a slide-in stove and you’ve got a kitchen island with actual purpose. Slide-in ranges or ranges have been the go-to appliance for island cupboards. They’re slick and affordable, and they impart a built-in look. The assembly for a typical kitchen island cabinet equipped with cooker requires planning and the application of basic cabinetry methods.
Three types of kitchen stoves or ranges are widely utilized in contemporary kitchens: the drop-in, the free-standing and also the slide-in. The drop-in is exactly what it implies. It falls into the cabinet in the top. The free-standing has two finished sides using a control panel which rises upwards from the rear. The slide-in has bare back and sides, with a control panel on the front above the oven. The slide-in has exploded in popularity for usage in islands due to its streamlined look, low profile and built-in appearance. Some models have a lip which overhangs the top of the countertop to prevent overuse or errant food particles from dropping between the stove and cupboards. Most slide-in stoves have standard measurements. They require a 30-inch-wide opening, 24 inches in depth, with a countertop height of 36 inches.
Ensure you have venting abilities before designing a kitchen island using a slide-in cooker. You have two options: the overhead and the downdraft. The overhead vent hood draws heat, smoke and fumes upwards. This kind of vent hood is not widely used on island cupboards since it obstructs vision, however a few are designed with wood planks, tile, stainless steel or copper so that the hood is an attractive centerpiece. The most common type of slide-in stove utilizes a downdraft vent. This kind requires venting beneath the ground through ductwork to the outside. Some preparation or construction is essential before installing a slide-in cooker unless ductwork exists under the ground. Another kind of vent recirculates fumes. This type uses a filter to clean the air before it re-enters the kitchen. Use this type if no other option exists. They are less efficient compared to overhead or downdraft ports.
Draw and Construct
Draw up a plan which includes the needed measurements. Assess your stove’s requirements for installation, making certain they don’t differ from the standard 24-by-30-by-36-inches. Draw out the length of the island and set the 30-inch opening where you need it. Mark the footprint of the island around the ground. Put in the wiring and ductwork as needed. Plan to build two separate cupboards — without backs — utilizing 3/4-inch hardwood plywood. Measure the length of the island and cut one piece of plywood which will span both cupboards and provide a uniform capital for the entire island. Finish everything, for example, front, both sides of the two cabinets and the plywood back with the choice of stain and a clear finish such as lacquer, or use paint. Incorporate a combination of doors and drawers, leaving the cupboards shorter than needed to accommodate the depth of the countertop. Install the cupboards to the ground at the ends of the island, separated from the essential 30-inch space to your cooker. Attach the rear and trim all four corners with your selection of finished molding.
Top It off
Most slide-in stove manufacturers include a filler strip that fits between the rear of the cooker and the rear of the island, but the consequent appearance is amateurish. Cut one piece of 3/4-inch fir plywood at least 3/4 inch bigger than the outside dimensions of the island on all four sides to match across the top. Refer to the manufacturer’s directions to cut the opening to the cooker using a circular saw. For best results, this dimension must be included in 1/16 inch — plus or minus — of the required opening size. If you’re unsure about cutting down the opening, seek the services of a cabinetmaker to do it for you. Nail the top to both closets and the rear. Incorporate a 3/4-by-1 1/2-inch fascia trim of poplar or pine around the perimeter. Finish the top with your choice of countertop material. Slide the stove into the opening after hooking up with the venting and electrical wiring.