Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage. Almost every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be minimized with adequate planning and forethought.
Good places for islands include the center of a kitchen or to enclose an open floor plan kitchen in an L shape formation.
A smart way to add extra counter space to a kitchen involves the drop leaf. Pop it up when needed and drop down for ease of movement in a small 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.
A cheap and effective way to add an island to a small kitchen is by repurposing a furniture piece as an island. Some furniture as small kitchen island ideas include:
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...
A practical eating counter island needs open shelving where knees can tuck or an overhang on at least one side for low-profile, backless bar stool to tuck in....
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...
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