Portable Kitchen Islands
Looking for a quick, wallet-friendly way to update your kitchen? Look no further than a portable kitchen island, which offers the same advantages as a built-in island—without being stuck in one place.
Style Meets Function
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and today's kitchens are more styled than ever, with unique features that seamlessly integrate function and style. Innovative storage solutions are allowing homeowners to customize their kitchens in new ways while keeping favorite ingredients at their fingertips. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Modular Is In
According to interior designer Nicole Sassaman, modular kitchen units are definitely a must for storage, "There are so many options now for your cabinetry and appliances. People are leaning towards modular cabinets. These pieces are streamlined and can be easily replaced if a cabinet face gets scratched or damaged. Laminate wood with protective coatings also make the finishes on these cabinets more durable." Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
It's All About Integrated Appliances
Fully integrated refrigerators and dishwashers are all part of the new luxury in kitchen storage. "At GE Monogram we have a built-in refrigerator that is truly flush with the surrounding cabinetry. You don't even realize that it's a refrigerator. The top compartment is a fridge, the middle is a freezer and the bottom can be a freezer, fridge or wine drawer depending on your needs that day," says Paula Cecere from GE Monogram. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
"Under-the-counter refrigerators include beverage centers to create more space in the kitchen. These items can be custom paneled to blend right in with your cabinetry and are great for storing produce, beverages and snacks for the kids," says Cecere. Photo courtesy of GE Monogram
More efficient storage also means more entertainment in this friend and family hub of the home. Wine bars are becoming a popular feature that can easily fit among the kitchen pantry and other storage. Photo courtesy of Main Street Kitchens
Storage Keeps Getting Smarter
In this new economy, where more of us are staying home and eating in, efficient storage is a must for the kitchen. "There are amazing systems that have such smart, condensed storage. One drawer can fit everything you can possibly think of," notes Sassaman. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Pantries Sport High-End Finishes
This pantry sports a modular pullout cabinet and stainless steel shelving. "Homeowners are savvier about design and are taking time to think about the types of hardware and finishes they want in the kitchen. People want pantries that have a cleaner look," says Sassaman. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman
Dress It Up With Molding
"Molding and trims always add to the look and make kitchen storage feel custom and specialized." Kelly Morisseau suggests custom shelving that can be easily adjusted and shallow-depth pantries to make room for an island and additional prep space. Photo courtesy of Main Street Kitchens
Even better, many mobile island options come with similar upgrades to those of permanent islands—from granite, butcher-block and stainless-steel countertops to distressed or hand-rubbed finishes on the cabinets or base.
After determining the size and shape your kitchen can accommodate, choose a rolling kitchen island that best fits the needs of your space. For instance, islands can offer extra storage and display space or dedicated countertop space for tasks such as chopping or kneading. Kitchen islands on wheels are also great for entertaining; transport everything from barware or serving platters indoors or out, or from the kitchen to the dining room with little hassle—just follow the party.
Movable kitchen islands offer a variety of conveniences, such as towel, cup or spice racks, drop-leafs, wine racks or even a breakfast bar with room for seating.
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