You’ll Never Guess What People Are Using This Home Depot Work Bench For

Tiktokers are bringing this DIY staple out of the garage and into the kitchen.

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Kitchen islands are a beautiful and functional addition to any home space. Incredibly versatile, they add precious storage space, counter prep room and often extra seating. In a variety of stones and colors, kitchen islands are also extremely customizable for your personal interior design.

Unfortunately, installing one can rack up a huge bill, from the furniture commission itself to expensive contracting fees. In response, crafty DIYers have innovated different hacks to achieve the benefits of the coveted kitchen feature. One popular TikTok by @madkal3 uses a Home Depot workbench as a kitchen island that costs a fraction of the price of a traditional one. Check it out below:

@madkal3

Bet your moms not as creative as mine 💁🏼‍♀️ #homedepotfind #homerenovation #kitchenhack #huskytools #huskytoolbox #kitchenorganization #homedepot @tonjamoorekallam @The Home Depot @Husky

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Fun Features of the Work Bench Kitchen Island

As you can see in the video, Maddy’s mom is incredibly thrilled with her creative find. The featured Husky brand workbench comes in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes, all with some exceptionally useful features, including:

  • 15, 18 or 20 drawers of storage
  • Adjustable height (38 to 48 inches)
  • 6 electrical outlets and 2 USB ports
  • 6 casters for mobility
  • Ball-bearing soft-close slides
  • Keyed lock for security
  • 3-year warranty

Other Considerations for a Work Bench Kitchen Island

Now, can a traditional kitchen island do all that? Maybe, but it could cost you several thousands of dollars, compared to the $1,208 price tag of the Husky workbench. If that is still too steep of a price, readers also suggest using this pared-down $450 stainless-steel Seville Classics version.

And, yes, both workbenches are aesthetically different than a traditional island. But if you’re willing to compromise for a solid wood worktop, as opposed to a marble or granite one, you will still be rewarded with extensive storage and use value.

Additional Uses for Home Depot Work Bench

Lastly, if some of the workbench’s more industrial features bother you, commenters on the TikTok post may be able to help. Many suggest removing the casters to achieve a more grounded look. Additionally, you could apply mineral oil to the top and treat it as a butcher block counter to emphasize its homey-ness. If none of these options speak to you, you might also consider building your own kitchen island.

Van Van Cleave
Van Van Cleave (they/them) is a California-based journalist, environmentalist, and artist. A graduate of Brown and Oxford Universities, they specialize in environmental news coverage and sustainable home and garden solutions. When they're not writing, they are typically tending to their plants or experimenting with home design trends.