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:
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.
Good places for islands include the center of a kitchen or to enclose an open floor plan kitchen in an L shape formation.
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.
Featuring a towel rack, wheels, a drop-down leaf and solid-wood construction, the Winsome Folding Kitchen Island ($180) is a small kitchen island that can fold flat for storage.
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.
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.
Add another dynamic by creating variation in the height of your island. Using the island for multiple purposes, like eating and food prep, will both maximize the utility and make it feel like two totally different spaces. For example, add an appliance to one level (like a sink or...
If you find a good kitchen counter that is missing an overhang or open side, you can always add a larger, new top to your find. Make sure the new top is large enough to allow at least a 6” ledge on one side and that the new top is...
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