12 Inspiring Kitchen Island Ideas
Whether you’re looking for more storage, counter space or extra seating, a kitchen 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 an 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.
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.
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Meals on Wheels
Build a Banquette
When gathering your kitchen design ideas, don’t overlook the benefit of installing electrical outlets in your kitchen island. This can make a multitude of meal preparation tasks a breeze. And will quickly become one of your favorite upgrades.