Kitchen islands (as well as kitchen island carts) are more often used as food preparation areas - they are also a great (and often flexible) way of utilising your available floor space while providing versatile storage and seating options - a few bench stools around either a portable or fixed island makes a great informal eating area too. Some of the more interesting designs
we've found below - as you can see, the kitchen island shouldn't be overlooked, especially at the expense of additional fixed bench space that might eat into your kitchens sense of openness.
This kitchen island is available through Industria X who specialize not only in kitchen islands by making great furniture with metal. This island gains versatility via portability and is incorporated with a sleek industrial design. Kitchen carts can be custom
built and prices start from AUD$1380.
This cart by Homestyles provides a great solution for small kitchens - a built-in wine rack and chopping block top along with a single draw and is mounted on lockable wheels. Seems to be excellent value - RRP US$179.99.
For something basic and at an affordable price pop into your local IKEA store (note: this might note be as easy as it sounds - allow 4 hours to walk around the circuit, an 2 hours to find your items + 1 hour to negotiate the carpark). You will want to be buying more than a kitchen trolley to make your visit worhthwhile - However, they have simple kitchen islands like the BEKVÄM (which you imagine would fit into the smallest of kitchens) flatpacked for AUS$99.00.
Green Tea Designs specialize in Asian inspired design with contemporary blends. This design is their 4-drawer kitchen island. Designs also cater for those who prefer their sink to be located in the island or their oven. Their island’s range in price depending on
size, this particular one is US$2500 and 6 foot in length.
NY Loft created the Pocket Kitchen. This great storage-savvy item contains a sink, oven, dishwasher and plenty of work surfaces. The back flips down so it can be used as an eating bar. The Pocket Kitchen comes in a range of sizes, however there is no price available on the NY Loft
website so expect a large price tag.
Like the concept of the NY Loft Pocket Kitchen but need a more classic design? Look no further than theInstant Kitchen by Hansen. It is an all in one unit complete with oven, gas jets, electric power, refrigerator and water. All you need to do it
connect it to a water supply and electricity.
Hansen make a number of fantastic looking kitchen islands - there is something to suit anyone’s style or space. Their designs all have wood finishes with stainless steel highlights. Price on Application.