It often feels like the kitchen is one of those rooms within our homes where we really wish we could add just a few more drawers, some extra cabinets, and a bit more surface space. If you’re not building a new home, and have no intentions of moving, rather than opting for an entire kitchen re-do, adding an island may be the perfect solution.
Kitchen islands are an ideal way to maximize counter space for food prep, especially when there is more than one cook in the kitchen at a time. Not only that, but they can offer additional storage for those items you tend to use most frequently.
Looking to add additional seating to your kitchen? Take a look at islands that provide space for stools or chairs. Some even come with them included! Kitchen islands with seating are an excellent way to offer more casual, everyday seating for breakfast and snack time or simply for when the cook wants a little company while they work.
If your kitchen doesn’t feel large enough for a permanent island, consider a kitchen island cart that can be moved based on your needs and stored simply. It can also double as extra serving surfaces in other rooms of the home, such as your living room during the cocktail hour of your dinner party.
An island can change the entire style of your kitchen as well. There are so many to choose from – industrial, shabby-chic, farmhouse, commercial or distressed. Here are a few that we think you might like.
Heavily Distressed Wood Kitchen Island
This rugged, wood kitchen island is ideal for anyone decorating in a farmhouse-meets-industrial style. This large island provides function and storage, while still being on wheels in order to adjust it to the needs of your space.
Prep Table With Butcher Block Top
This heavy-duty prep table topped with butcher block means business. Finished in black and natural wood, while also providing shelving and a drawer, this prep table is ideal for any cook looking to spread out just a bit or who needs to delegate some work to another set of hands.
Industrial Kitchen Island
Whether or not you want it to, this kitchen island is bound to get noticed. Finished with a butcher-block top, this piece is crafted out of metal and steel and perfectly blends both masculine and feminine touches.
Farmhouse Kitchen Island
If you’re in the market for something permanent, this hand-crafted piece is sure to stand the test of time.
Narrow Farmhouse Kitchen Island
Wanting the function of a farmhouse kitchen island, but tight on space? Consider going with something more narrow that provides the extra surface and storage, without feeling like you lost room to move.
Shabby Chic Kitchen Island
A shabby-chic kitchen island is sure to warm up your space in a hurry. This piece offers plenty of additional seating as well.
Kitchen Island With Live Edge Top
Add a unique touch to your kitchen with an island topped with live-edge wood, not only adding function but beauty as well.
Reclaimed Kitchen Island
Prefer to select things made of reclaimed materials? Check out this kitchen island made of 1930s barn wood, reclaimed tin and stainless steel.
Black And Distressed Kitchen Island
Give your kitchen a rich addition with this island, finished with a black and distressed base and oak finish.
Distressed White Kitchen Island
You can almost never go wrong with a classic. This Americana kitchen island just might be the perfect way to complete your kitchen.
Black Kitchen Cart
Give yourself a little more surface space with a kitchen cart that conveniently moves where you need it to. This cart is made of sustainable hardwood and has a black base with a naturally finished top.
White Kitchen Cart With Leaf
You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this kitchen cart! Its drop leaf provides additional seating, the shelves within the base are adjustable, and it also comes with a convenient spice rack on the side. Not to mention that it’s on wheels and can be moved anywhere you wish.
Small Black Kitchen Cart
When all you need is a bit more surface space or a convenient place for an additional cook to help out in the kitchen, this small but handy cart may be just what you’re looking for.
White Kitchen Island With Leaf
The fresh, clean look of this white kitchen island is a great way to add some class to your space. Its drop leaf provides additional seating for a quick bite to eat, and its ample storage offers a great way to stay more organized.
Marble Finished Kitchen Island
Kitchens and marble go together like peanut butter and jelly. The marble top on this island is sure to blend well with most spaces, and it’s just the perfect size to offer additional workspace and storage without taking up too much room.
Craftsman Style Kitchen Island
This craftsman-style kitchen island with drop leaf offers more storage and space, while conveniently being on wheels.
Small Kitchen Cart
This small kitchen island cart is almost like having an assistant. Store items handily underneath the work surface, and wheel it throughout the kitchen as necessary.
Kitchen Island With Stools
It’s like you’re taking your kitchen on the go. The is perfect for smaller spaces or people who just prefer things a little tidier. The kitchen stools fit perfectly inside the base of the island, and because it’s on wheels, it’s easy enough to move it to wherever you need.
Granite Topped Kitchen Island
Make a statement in your kitchen with this granite-topped island. This piece also comes with a drop leaf to provide you with more seating space.
Orleans Style Kitchen Island
Classy yet purposeful, this island is topped with butcher block and its sturdy base is finished in gunmetal gray.
Stainless Steel Kitchen Island
Love the look of a commercial-grade kitchen? Consider a stainless steel kitchen island with adjustable shelving to provide you with more work surface.
Two-Tier Kitchen Island
Get all of the functionality of a kitchen island while not taking up too much space. This two-tier piece comes with a separate work surface and dining space while providing plenty of additional storage.
Stainless Steel Topped Kitchen Island
Blend the functionality of stainless steel with the beauty of wood furniture in this kitchen island, complete with drawers, storage shelves, spice rack and towel bar.
Rustic Kitchen Cart
Finished in a warm espresso color and topped in stainless steel, this small kitchen cart comes with three shelves to provide additional storage and can be wheeled to whatever area of the kitchen you need it.
Beach Styled Kitchen Island
Bring a beachy vibe to your kitchen with this white kitchen island with a natural wood surface and built-in wine rack.
Three-Piece Kitchen Island
Transform your kitchen with this kitchen island, offering two slatted chairs, plenty of surface space and significant storage.
Distressed White And Granite Kitchen Island
Add richness and high function with this large island finished in a distressed white and topped in black granite.
French Styled Metal Kitchen Island
The metal base and faux-marble top of this kitchen island offers elegance and class as well as plenty of extra storage and workspace.
Round Butcher Block Topped Kitchen Cart
For a modern look with a functional butcher top, check out this round kitchen cart.