12 Inspiring Kitchen Island Ideas
Whether you're looking for more storage, counter space or extra seating, a kitchen center island is always a good solution, even in a small space. For inspiration, we've rounded up 12 of our favorite kitchen islands for you to check out.
Repurpose Something Old
Where space is at a premium, a repurposed dresser makes an ideal kitchen island. And as there is virtually no construction involved, it is one of many ways to give your kitchen a quick facelift. Look for dressers with deep drawers and interesting detail to make this work in your space.
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Integrate Appliances into Your Kitchen Island
Integrating appliances such as a microwave, wine fridge, or installing a dishwasher into a kitchen island can be a real space saver. Especially if you otherwise lack counter space. And you can even install a sink to create a space that allows you to mingle when doing dishes.
Many homeowners think they can't have a kitchen center island with seating due to depth issues. But another way to solve the problem is to extend the width of the island to allow for ample seating with a narrow footprint. And if you think that's great, check out all of these small kitchen space-saving tips.
From containing meal-prep to hiding a mess, a multi-level kitchen island provides the benefit of a counter area complete with back splash. A taller island section can also offer bar-height seating for guests. And with ample storage space beneath the island, you can implement some of these genius ideas for clearing away kitchen clutter.
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A Place for Pets
Instead of placing pet food bowls along a wall where they can be tripped over or spilled, why not integrate them into your kitchen island? This provides a cute space just for your four-legged family members and keeps the mess out of the way, because we know you want to keep your pets safe and healthy.
Build a Banquette
When gathering your kitchen design ideas, don't overlook the benefit of installing kitchen island electrical outlets in your kitchen center island. This can make a multitude of meal preparation tasks a breeze. And these kitchen island electrical outlets will quickly become one of your favorite upgrades.