We’ve put together a list of 10 small kitchen islands — also called kitchen utility tables, rolling butcher blocks and kitchen carts. They’re affordable, sturdy and versatile, and they made our list because:
A butcher block is a perfect island alternative. The surface is ready for kitchen use and you can usually add a couple of stools to create a snack counter.
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.
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.
Find a space where a simple butcher block ledge can serve as a kitchen island. If a ledge isn’t possible, create an enclosure with a minimalist island design. Take inspiration from these two kitchens:
No matter how much sanding you are doing, make sure you don’t round or wear down any edges (try a sanding block), and take care to vacuum away any dust. Finish with a tack cloth so no residue remains.
Sofa tables are designed to be narrow enough to sit behind a sofa or in an entry way. Available in a variety of sizes and styles and normally around 30” high, they make a good kitchen island option.
The Elmwood Kitchen Cart by Altra ($349) is a modern and beautiful kitchen island. The industrial-chic cart has multiple shelves, including racks for 12 bottles of wine, in a cool-toned rustic oak finish to hold whatever you need stylishly. It also has wheels so you can use it as a...
The Metro Commercial Chef’s Cart ($287) is heavy-duty enough to hold up to 500 pounds per shelf, making the lower shelf of this mobile, small kitchen island the perfect spot for housing mixers and other heavy kitchen appliances. The solid butcher-block top is thick and durable enough to withstand years...
Sofa tables are designed to be narrow enough to sit behind a sofa or in an entry way. Available in a variety of sizes and styles and normally around 30” high, they make a good kitchen island option....