Kitchen islands and carts are spacious storage solutions that are pre-constructed and can be easily added to any kitchen increase storage and counter area. These versatile additions can include a wide range of helpful features including cabinets, drawers, and shelves to provide additional storage for any kitchen items you may need to tuck away.
Kitchen islands are intended to mimic permanently installed cabinetry and are available in models that are stationary semi-permanent solutions, as well as others that have attached wheels to give them a bit more flexibility. Some islands also feature room for barstool seating for added functionality. A kitchen island with seating can function as a compact dining solution for kitchens that may not have room for a table or breakfast bar. Some islands that come with seating also feature convenient storage space under the counter that is perfectly sized to stow their barstools when they are not in use.
Kitchen carts serve approximately the same general functions as wheeled islands, but on a smaller scale and they more frequently feature open sides. A kitchen cart is a great place to store frequently accessed items like dish towels, pots and pans, or even plates. Some carts also are outfitted with shelves and wine racks to serve as a compact and functional home bar that can be wheeled to any other space in your home.
In terms of style, kitchen islands and carts come in a wide range of designs that include traditional looks with intricate detail work, classic styles that feature bead board or faux shutters, and modern designs with sleek and unembellished sides. There are also a few different options that feature metal framing or glass shelving instead of the typical wood. The countertops of both carts and islands are frequently composed of granite, stainless steel, or wood, with wooden butcher block countertops being a very popular option, both for their appearance, and for their versatility. But, as they are a softer material, butcher blocks can be damaged more easily, so a more durable countertop could be a good choice for a very frequently used workspace.