Increase the working and storage space in your kitchen with kitchen islands from Overstock.com. Choose from a wide variety of kitchen islands, from stationary types that make excellent permanent fixtures to portable types that add working space to your garden barbecues or patio dining. Made by top names in home garden furniture such as Crosley Furniture, Home Styles, Catskill Craftsman, Simple Living, and Baxton Studio, select from a multitude of colors that include white, brown, black, tan, and grey, as well as various materials, such as wood, stainless steel, oak, marble, and brass, to match existing color schemes and furniture. Kitchen islands with fine cabinetry and drawers neatly store items such as small appliances and baking utensils out of sight, while open concept models with slat shelving organize them in clear view so they are easy to locate. Levelers on the legs of several designs provide a stable working surface.
Types of Kitchen Islands
Stationary Kitchen Island
The stationary island serves as a food prep and setup area in your kitchen and serves as a place where you can perform multiple tasks at once. While seating is an option with these types of islands, they are typically only designed for 2 people. In addition, stationary islands give you plenty of extra storage to keep your kitchen utensils and other accessories.
Portable Kitchen Island
Portable kitchen islands offer the same functionality as any other island, except you have the ability to move it around to whatever part of the home you prefer. These islands come with many of the same upgrades and options as built-in islands. First thing you should do is determine the exact size of the kitchen. Once the size has been established, you can locate the rolling kitchen island that best fits into your kitchen space. This style is perfect for entertaining and transporting everything from indoors to outdoors if you desire.
Kitchen Island with Seating
A kitchen island with seating can serve many different purposes. It can be used as an informal way to interact with friends and family, or a place for your kids to do their schoolwork. A bigger kitchen island will allow you to have more seating and gives you an extra seating option when needed for dinner. There are many different types of bar stools and chairs you can choose from for your island. Many kitchen island chairs have a simplistic design, are backless and includes cushioned seating for a comfortable feel.
Kitchen Island Features
Kitchen Island with Drawers
It is very essential to add a kitchen island to your dining area that has plenty of storage drawers. Having drawers right there next to you while preparing your meals each day will be a huge time saver and is a handy way of staying clean and organized.
Kitchen Island with Drop-Leaf
Having a drop leaf connected to your island will allow you to extend the counter space if needed. You can also fold the drop leaf down to create a smaller space and can be used as a convenient work table.
Kitchen Island with Breakfast Bar
A breakfast bar provides a casual and appealing dining option. Adding a breakfast bar to your kitchen island lets you allow for a few stools to be seated together at the bar while the rest of the island can be used for kitchen preparation. Breakfast bars can be the same height as the island counter, or if you prefer, can be several inches higher to keep the dirty dishes and kitchen mess out of sight.
Open Storage Kitchen Island
A big plus with having open shelving is that they don’t have doors that may get in your way when walking, which is perfect for smaller kitchens. Open storage will allow you to instantly spot any item or accessory you need while eliminating the time wasted by opening doors and cupboards.
Kitchen Island with Wine Storage
A built-in wine storage is the perfect add-on to any kitchen island. Since food preparation and many entertaining events take place in the kitchen, it only seems plausible to have a wine rack in that part of your home. Keeping your wine stored in the island as opposed to over the stove or in another part of the home makes it easier for you to keep it at the desired temperature level.
Kitchen Island with Cutting Board
A cutting board is needed whenever you are chopping or preparing food. There are three different cutting boards that you can choose from: plastic, bamboo and wood. While it can be argued which style is best, many prefer the wooden cutting board because it is said to be the most sanitary and reusable out of the three. Cutting boards protect your counter top and protects your knives from unnecessary damage.
Kitchen Island with Spice Rack
Having a spice rack is very handy when preparing your meals. The spice rack will be able store a number of different spices and flavors that will help you to make an extremely tasty dish. A spice rack can help you to solve your storage problem and keeps similar items together in one place.
Kitchen Island with Towel Rack
When doing dishes, it is a given that you need something to dry the dishes off with. To make life easier for you, having a towel rack right there next to the island gives you a place to keep your towels so that whenever needed, all you need to do is reach out and grab one. Towel racks are a useful accessory to have in order to keep your plates, pots and pans fresh and clean.
Kitchen Island with Casters
Most portable kitchen islands have casters attached. These casters allow you to move the island around with very minimal effort. Sometimes situations may arise where you need to move your island. Having casters will makes it so that you can find a new place to chop and prepare food instantly if necessary.
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