Not all kitchens are built equal and that often means a sacrifice in space... but it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a kitchen island! Before you go spend a bunch of money installing a kitchen island you may want to consider that there are many alternatives. One great solution is to buy a portable or non-permanent kitchen island so we've selected some of our favorites from around the internet to make your search easier.
1. Rustic Kitchen Island from West Elm
This island has a stainless steel top and solid acaia wood frame for a mix of cool industrial and warm rustic that's perfect for most modern kitchens. The durable top makes it perfect as a makeshift cutting board and prep table, then you can wipe it down and serve breakfast there. The perfect solution for the culinary types who lack space for both an island and dining table. This is both and you can order it from West Elm for $599.
2. Go-Cart Carbon Three Shelf Table from CB2
Also featured in our list of favorite accent and side tables, this is a great budget solution for those looking to add some supplemental storage and surface area to their kitchen. Completely mobile on industrial wheels (two wheels lock in place) the Go-Cart Shelf is a great simple solution for small kitchen. You can pick it up from CB2 for $129.
3. Belmont White Kitchen Island from Crate & Barrel
Arguably our favorite of the list the Belmont Kitchen Island comes complete with all the bells and whistles. A butcher block top that has a hinged extension for ample room to prep meals or to use a dining bar, then when you're done you can fold it and roll it flush against the wall. Two large drawers, a sliding door cabinet and two towel racks on either side. Engineered wood body and a solid rubberwood top make this retro island durable but affordable at $499 from Crate & Barrel.
4. Abbott Concrete Top Console Table from Pottery Barn
Not explicitly intended to be a kitchen island this unique piece from Pottery Barn for the industrial or rustic kitchen. An ample and durable countertop or makeshift dining area this island is good for use indoors and outdoors. Solid eucalyptus wood makes up the frame and ensures plenty of support for the heavy concrete top. You can pick it up from Pottery Barn for $999 and enjoy this for years! This island is particularly great if you already have concrete countertops in the kitchen.
5. Crosley Roots Rack Industrial Kitchen Cart from Lowe's
A reclaimed wood style frame sits atop 4 industrial castors with iron wrought iron features. This island/cart is mobile and practical. Towel rods on either side make it a great kitchen work space and two drawers and two shelves provide you with ample storage. You can order this online from Lowe's for $576.
6. Verona Home Seymour Kitchen Serving Cart from Bed Bath & Beyond
This petit kitchen cart has a tray style top so isn't great for cutting or prepping but perfect for extra storage. You can also wheel it into your dining room to save back and forth trips to the kitchen when you're entertaining. A salvaged look combined with clean metal finishing makes this piece perfect for the rustic or industrial kitchen. You can pick it up from Bed Bath & Beyond for $299. This one is perfect for when you're decorating a small apartment and are looking for some compact kitchen storage.