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34 Small Kitchen Island Ideas

Just because you have a small kitchen doesn't mean you have to skimp on prep or dining space. A kitchen island suited to a small kitchen layout is the perfect space-saving solution.

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Photo: John Gillooly/PEI; Design By: Liz Miller, E.R. Miller Interiors and Furnishings

Try a Freestanding Island

A center island is number one on many kitchen renovators’ wishlists, but a large, built-in island doesn’t always fit the budget or the space. No matter, freestanding islands perform the same functions, adding counter prep space and storage, but usually require less floor space and cash — as designer Liz Miller found in her own home. “The freestanding island was a must in a small kitchen with two little kids. When we need more space to, say, have an impromptu dance party, or when we have friends over, we just push the island against the side wall to open up the room,” she says.

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Photo: Leah Garcia. From: Tomecek Studio Architecture.

Tiny House with Hyper-Functional Island

In this tiny home kitchen, the open living/kitchen areas are separated with a compact island that also serves as a dining space.

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Photo: Jeff Herr. From: Terracotta Design Build.

Laid Back Coastal Style

A rustic wooden table that can be used for both dining and food prep is the ideal set up in this beachy kitchen.

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Photo: Jen Woodhouse

Kitchen Island on Wheels

Need some extra workspace in your kitchen? This rolling island offers added functionality and style. One side stores a stand mixer, sheet pans, cutting boards and more, while the other side allows for extra seating. Perfect for small spaces, this portable kitchen island easily rolls out when you need it and neatly tucks away when you don’t.

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