Kitchen island cabinets can do a whole lot of work for you. In fact, they can do everything from storing ingredients to stashing baking sheets and even offer a spot for family meals. Here are 22 kitchen island cabinet configurations and storage suggestions.
Kitchen Island Cabinet Storage
Kitchen island cabinets can be created from a diverse selection of drawers and cupboards; based on what you're planning on using your island for, those cabinets can be either standard or custom. Shelving can be open or closed; doors offer a way to hide contents, while glass-front doors or open shelves are attractive ways to display cookbooks or treasured serving items. Keep in mind the countertop, too: An overhang with seating encourages hanging out, which might mean one side of the island is less hardworking than another. Here are 19 creative island storage ideas to try:
- A narrow shelf (either horizontal or vertical) for serving trays or cookie sheets.
- Open cubbies in place of cabinets to hold cookbooks or pretty dishware.
- Refrigerator drawers for kids' snacks.
- Kitchen island cabinet cubbies for wine bottles and shelves for wine glasses.
- An open shelf for baking supplies, including a mixer, mixing bowls, and utensils (and don't forget an outlet, too).
- A roll-out cart to boost work surface area.
- A roll-out recycling bin.
- Shallow kitchen island cabinet drawers for jars of spices (label the lids for upright jars or the sides for flat or tilted jars).
- A tilt-out bin under a prep sink to hold sponges and soaps.
- Pullout bins with pet food, or pet bowls inserted in a narrow, floor-height drawer.
- Pullout laptop shelves and outlets.
- Appliances including microwave, icemaker, and warming drawer (include outlets and door opening in your kitchen island configuration planning).
- Drawers, hooks, and bars for specialized accessory storage, including knives and towels.
- Bulletin and magnet boards on the inside of kitchen island cabinet doors (even in spaces that are extremely narrow).
- Standard shelves or pullout shelves, especially for frequently used pots and pans.
- Slim drawers for linens.
- Kitchen island cabinets with a slot for a cutting board.
- A hanging organizer in an open space for rolling pins and paper towels.
- Wire baskets for pantry staples such as onions and potatoes.