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Visually expand the look of your small kitchen with a combination of open and closed storage options. This tiny island packs a punch with a trio of closed doors -- used to hold everything from dish towels to silverware -- and two open shelves to stow away frequently used cookbooks. A solid island design would have overwhelmed this small kitchen layout, but open shelving keeps the space looking light and airy.
Make the most of limited kitchen space with a mobile kitchen island. This moveable unit provides additional prep space when needed, but can be tucked away in a pantry or an empty corner to promote efficient traffic flow while entertaining. The island's sleek surface blends seamlessly with the kitchen's stainless-steel appliances and brilliant chrome fixtures.
Long abandoned in the home's basement, this small island now boosts the kitchen's entire look. The vintage table's weathered surface adds cottage character to this sunny kitchen. The original tabletop was replaced with a new slab of black soapstone to transform the piece into a stunning focal point.
Narrow kitchen layouts can present some difficult design challenges. This homeowner made the most of her limited space with a long, slender island, outfitted with both style and function. Curved brackets dress up the island's boxy structure, while a bit of extended countertop creates a casual dining spot for one.
Furniture-inspired details create a classic farmhouse vibe in this small kitchen. Similar to the surrounding cabinetry, the petite island is outfitted with exposed feet, a characteristic typically found in kitchens of the past. A stainless-steel countertop echoes the finish of nearby appliances and adds an unexpected touch of modern flair to the traditional space.
A long, slender island ensures efficient traffic flow in this boxy kitchen. The island’s slim stature allows multiple cooks to work simultaneously in the kitchen and also offers a convenient buffet area for casual entertaining. Drawers on one side of the island provide storage for kitchen essentials, while a built-in microwave on the other side of the structure conserves counter space.
In a kitchen of this stature, even the smallest built-in island would have gobbled up needed floor space. Instead, the homeowners elected to incorporate a moveable butcher-block table, outfitted with slim storage and big style. The narrow table can slide into the center of the room to provide additional prep or food-staging space, but can be tucked into a nearby niche when it's no longer needed.
Even the smallest island can pack a punch with creative storage solutions. This slender, furniture-style island is outfitted with three narrow cabinets, providing convenient storage for items such as cake pans and cookie sheets. A large drawer on one side of the island offers a handy stowaway space for a recycling bin.
Cast off from an old butcher shop, a butcher-block table works as a small island to complement this kitchen's quirky flea market aesthetic. As a hint to the table's lengthy history, the countertop dips slightly lower in the middle. A painted chair placed on one side of the island provides a casual dining spot in the heart of the kitchen.
A moveable cart extends counter space and storage in this bright room without interrupting its efficient traffic flow. The island's wood finish plays off of the wood flooring to warm up this white kitchen. A small rug placed under the cart prevents it from sliding while in use.
A wooden island adds rustic character and accessible prep space to this tiny kitchen. A large drawer offers space to stow away bulky kitchen essentials, while an open shelf below displays mixing bowls and trays. A handful of scratches and knots adds a vintage patina to the petite island design.
An elegant table functions as an eye-catching island in this traditional kitchen. A whimsical, distressed table base with a crisp marble countertop adds one-of-a-kind vintage character. A rustic chandelier above the island transforms the area into an instant focal point.
A tiny wooden table provides convenient staging and storage space in this sunny cottage kitchen. The table's weathered wooden surface hints at the home's coastal location and adds contrast to break up simple white cabinetry and beaded-board walls. An open shelf below the island offers storage space for kitchen accessories.
Purchased from a flea market, a slender island easily integrates with the kitchen's vintage vibe. The aged wooden surface feels at home with the room's handcrafted cherry countertops, beaded-board walls, and classic polished-nickel fixtures. The table's soft blue color adds subtle contrast to warm off-white walls and cabinetry without stealing focus away from decorative elements scattered throughout the kitchen.