How to Add Counter Space in Your Kitchen

What You'll Need
Butcher block, 1 inch by 22 1/4 inches wide by 24 inches long
2 piece wood, 2 inches by 2 inches by 33 1/2 inches
6 corner braces, each 1 1/2 inches long
Piece of 1/2 inch plywood, 33 1/2 inches by 21 1/4 inches
Tape measure

You can never have enough counter space in a kitchen. One solution is to create more counter space. If you have space in your kitchen, this is a sensible thing to do because you will not only create more usable counter space, but you can use the area beneath for extra storage.

Step 1 - Finishing the Wood

The piece of butcher block should need no finishing. The 24 inch length is just a general idea, it can be longer or shorter, depending on the amount of space you have in your kitchen. However, if the length is over 30 inches, you’ll need to add two more legs to support the counter top.

Sand the pieces of wood that are 2 inches by 2inches by 33 1/2 inches in size. These will be the legs. This will make sure they’re smooth so you won’t receive any splinters if your hands brush against them. You should also put a coat of clear seal on them. This way, if you spill anything, you’ll be able to wipe it off without the wood becoming stained.

Step 2 - Braces

On the end of one leg, attach 2 corner braces. One brace will attach to the counter top along its length and the other along its width. This first leg will be one of the 2 inches by 2 inches, by 33 1/2 inch pieces, and will have a brace on one side with another brace on the side to its left. The second leg will have a brace on one side and another brace on the side to its right.

On the underside of the butcher block, measure in 6 inches from each side and make marks. Attach the remaining two corner braces here.

Step 3 - Attaching the Legs

Keep the butcher block turned so the underside is facing upwards. On the end opposite the one with the corner that is already,braced, measure in ½ inch from the end and draw a straight line. Next, measure 1 inch from the side and make a pencil mark.

Hold leg #1 against the two marks and screw the braces in place on the butcher block so that the leg is very secure.

Leg #2 will be located on the corner. Hold it in place against the line and the edge then attach the screws, making sure the legs are very firm again. Now, put the plywood in place against the two legs and screw into place.

Step 4 - Attaching the Top

Turn your wood so the butcher block is at the top.Slide into place against the counter in the area where you want to have more counter space . Making sure the top of the butcher block is level with the counter top, screw the corner braces that are attached to the butcher black in place against the side of the kitchen cabinets. This will give you more valuable counter space.