Freestanding kitchen ideas: islands, dressers, and more

Freestanding kitchens are rising in popularity – from stylish dressers and practical islands to statement storage solutions. What’s not to love? This type of furniture opens up your space and – the best bit – you can take it with you if you decide it’s time to move on.

So, whether you’re looking to mix and match your furniture or want to create a flexible scheme, with the help of KBB journo Yvette Filer, we’ve got plenty of freestanding kitchen ideas to get you started.

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Freestanding kitchen ideas

Clean lines and a striking colour palette are the key elements of Next125‘s NX510 kitchen. Inspired by the Bauhaus movement that shaped art, design, and architecture, these freestanding pieces are shown here in Red Matt Velvet and Cobalt Green Matt Velvet.

Units painted in matt green
Freestanding kitchen ideas from Next125, available from InHouse Inspired Room Design, price on application.

Freestanding kitchen cabinets are a great option if you want to create an eclectic look. Go for colourful singular pieces that make a statement alongside the rest of your furniture.

base cabinet painted in pale pink with wood handles
Base cabinet Nº 2, from £3520 without worktop, Huckleberry.

Freestanding islands

A freestanding island is a useful and multi-functional piece of furniture that helps to create a feeling of spaciousness. With tall legs and room to sit around, this style of central unit can not only be a place to prepare food, but also somewhere to have a drink, dine, and even work from.

Large freestanding kitchen island painted in a dark green shade with bar stools and white pendant lights
Olive & Barr handmade Shaker kitchens start from £10,000.

Opting for freestanding furniture means you don’t have to buy purpose-designed pieces. For example, the antique wooden table, shown below, was sourced as the kitchen’s central island and preparation area and is in keeping with the scheme’s country style.

Freestanding kitchen ideas: wooden island
The Real Shaker kitchen by Devol starts from £18,000.

The kitchen should reflect your personality and style. So, why not have fun and get creative with it? Mix and match your favourite materials, colours and finishes for a unique look. This kitchen by Wood Works Brighton takes inspiration from the homeowners’ passion for gaming – how cool is that?

Unique kitchen design with freestanding island and colourful square tiles on the walls
Zaria by Wood Works Brighton.

Choose a freestanding wood island with antique brass handles for a modern-rustic look. Take its practicality one step further with hooks for tea towels, and opt for open shelving to display colourful crockery and cook books.

Freestanding wood kitchen island with open shelving
Eaton kitchen island large, £3295, Cox & Cox.

A freestanding alternative to a kitchen island, Next125‘s cooking table is a practical and stylish way to create a useful preparation area. Available in oak, natural walnut, and pictured in smoked, brushed lark, it allows you to integrate a hob, too.

White kitchen with handleless units and a central island which has a wooden breakfast bar
Kitchen by Next125, price on application.

Freestanding dressers

Having a dedicated set up station away from the rest of the kitchen will allow others to make their own refreshments without getting in the way of the cook. You can also store cutlery and crockery here, so the table can be set ahead of food being served. So, apart from stand alone kitchen cabinets, why not go for a matching dresser too?

Pink, glazed dresser in a freestanding kitchen
Suffolk 6ft dresser glazed in Old Rose, from £5420, Neptune.

Combine old and new pieces to create a classic-contemporary kitchen. Add interest by displaying china and prized possessions behind glass doors, and keep more practical pieces inside a larder.

Freestanding display cabinet next to green unit
British Standard cupboards come in a range of standard sizes, starting at £590. An average-sized kitchen costs around £8000.

Keep dry goods, breakfast essentials, or spare utensils neatly tucked away in a freestanding larder. A practical addition to any kitchen, this stand alone storage solution can also help you conceal small appliances, such as kettles and toasters, and free up much-needed worktop space.

Freestanding wood larder with kitchen essentials
Romsey larder, £1349.99, Oak Furnitureland.

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Home bars

Impress guests with your own home bar. A purpose-built freestanding drinks cabinet can house your glassware, spirits, and cocktail-making essentials while keeping your worktops and other cupboards clear.

Yellow Shaker drinks cabinet with glasses and bottles inside
New-Shaker drinks cabinet in Gorse Bud, £2996, Pilgrim.


A moveable unit that can be also used outdoors is ideal for those who love to host during the summer months. Prepare food or drinks and simply wheel the cabinet outside to serve. It is also easy to tidy away when more space is needed in the kitchen.

outdoor storage system in green kitchen
Freestanding galvanised outdoor system, from £148, String Furniture.

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