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Kitchen Islands

Kitchen Islands

Alternatives to Permanent Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are a great solution for adding extra storage and counter space for food prep. They can also function as a gathering or eating place. However, permanent models are not practical for all living spaces. If you would like to have some of the advantages of an permanently installed island, but either don't have the space or the money for it, there are a couple of reasonable alternatives.

Portable kitchen islands

Portable kitchen islands are a great alternative to the permanent model. They are much more inexpensive and can be moved around to make the most of the available space. Some even come with drop-down leaves or pull out shelving to maximize space. Compared to the thousands of dollars you will spend installing a custom built island, the price of one of these models seems very minimal. You can find them for as low as $100 to as high as $2,000 or more. They come in almost every style, size and even shape imaginable; it is possible to find one to match almost any design style. The only disadvantage of this type of island is that there isn't any electricity, which is included in permanent models, and they are a tip-over risk for small children.

Portable kitchen islands vs. kitchen carts

Kitchen carts are another alternative to kitchen islands. Though they are smaller than an island, they can be very functional, especially in a small area. Most often they come with wheels for added portability. Carts can be a very utilitarian style, or more decorative, similar to "old-fashioned" tea carts. Like islands, however, they do provide extra storage and counter space, and who couldn't use that. They can have shelves or baskets, even trash bins. The cost of kitchen carts can be anywhere from $40 or $50 for the most basic to $200 or more for bigger and more elaborate models.

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