If you think a kitchen island is just for show, you now have legitimate reasons why your kitchen can benefit from one. From storage to additional seating, any sized home will love the versatility a kitchen island offers.
Maximizing kitchen space while allowing creativity to take central stage is something we all strive for. When it comes to our very own “heart of the home”, we tend to care more if we actually spend time in the kitchen.
Contemporary in a striking espresso finish and a butcher-block top, the Mali Kitchen Cart ($265) is a good, small kitchen island when extra storage and counter space are needed. One of the open shelves is removable to accommodate taller items or kitchen gadgets.
Recycle an old or vintage cabinet as an island. Look for ones that have plenty of shelving, drawers or other storage options. The one in the image above was once a clothing store display cabinet.
Kitchen islands serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency.
Create contrast by using a different material or color for the island counters than you did in the rest of the room. If your regular countertops are white quartz, try black or a dark stained wood for the island.
For the most use, select one that has a towel bar for hooks and textiles and open shelving below. Locking wheels are helpful if you plan on moving your island often, although restaurant grade work tables are often lightweight enough to move without needing wheels.
You don’t have to specifically go out and purchase or custom make a kitchen island. There are a variety of small kitchen island ideas that may work better in your small space than a permanent cabinet piece. Here’s our favorite small kitchen island ideas.
A tall dining table in the right proportion can be the perfect island for dining, prep and counter space. Add hooks to the side for extra storage.
Once you’ve decided that you’d like to add a kitchen island, how large should your island be? According to the book , allow an aisle of 36” wide or 42” wide if the island is facing an appliance door.
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