Small Kitchen Island Ideas

Even small kitchen islands can make a big impact.

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In some ways, designing a small kitchen island is easier than designing a larger one. Not only does it eliminate certain design considerations, but it also forces you to maximize the efficiency of all of your available space.

99 Beautiful Kitchen Island Design Ideas

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Rustic Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Large Island

Contemporary Kitchen

Picasa

Mediterranean Kitchen

Beige Eclectic Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Featuring Green Granite

Black and White Transitional Kitchen

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Modern Design Open Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Country Cream Kitchen with Island and Pot Rack

Kitchen with Island and Pantry

Ben Rollins

White Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Vaulted Ceiling

2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY 2012 BRIAN KELLOGG PHOTOGRAPHY View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen with Yellow Wall

Blue Kitchen with Island

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Country Kitchen with Blue Island

From

Julia West

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Chandeliers

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen Island with Pot Rack and Copper Pots

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Kitchen with Bar

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

White Contemporary Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen

White Transitional Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Glass Backsplash

Contemporary White Kitchen

Gray Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen Island with Sink

Kitchen with Bar

Contemporary White Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen

Yellow and Green Retro Kitchen

White Contemporary Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island

White Kitchen with Island Seating

Contemporary Kitchen with Pendant Lighting

Neutral Contemporary Kitchen with Island

Eric Roth

Transitional Kitchen Island Seating

From

Bo Li

Kitchen with Island

Denver Parade of Homes Photo Credit: HDR Homes

Kitchen with Island and Recycled Stools

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Photo Credit: Ralph Kylloe

Brown Old World Eat-In Kitchen

Denver Parade of Homes Courtesy of Denver Parade of Homes; Photo by Jeffrey Aron Photography View original photo.

Black and White Kitchen

Kitchen with Breakfast Bar

Denver Parade of Homes Photo Credit: Jay Simon, Jay Simon Photography

Kitchen Island with Multi-Colored Cabinets

Traditional Kitchen Island

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Contemporary Kitchen with Orange Wall

Transitioanl Kitchen with Island

Stainless Steel Kitchen

Shaker Kitchen

Kitchen Island with White Chairs

Kitchen Island with Seating

Traditional Brown Kitchen with Island

Family Kitchen

Bright Kitchen

Cottage Kitchen with Island

Peter Rymwid

Open Kitchen with Large Island

Old World Style Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Round Counter Bar with Pendant Lighting

Blue Kitchen with Island

Brown Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Wood Counter Island

White Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Small Kitchen Island

Open Kitchen/Living Room with Island

Transitional Kitchen with Island

Traditional Kitchen with Island

Neutral Kitchen with Bar Seating

Kitchen Island with Seating

Kitchen with Island Bar Seating

Large Kitchen Island with Lighting

White Kitchen with Island

White Kitchen Island

Contemporary Kitchen Island

Traditional Kitchen Island

Popular small kitchen island ideas include shelves for cookbooks, racks for wine bottles, drop-leafs or pull-out drawers for extra countertop space, and a countertop overhang providing breakfast bar-type seating for two.

And whether the small kitchen island is portable (such as a rolling cart or stationary island with casters) or permanent (built-in), it's important that the kitchen island function efficiently in your space. If the island is in the center of the kitchen, for instance, it must not interrupt the flow of the work triangle.

If the island is placed on the periphery, you'll want to make sure items stored or displayed aren't as frequently used as the ones in close proximity to the work triangle.

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