In most kitchens, islands serve one of two purposes. One, they provide extra counter space in a small kitchen. Two, they fill up space in a large kitchen. While we’re making other piece of furniture in our homes multipurpose, it seems silly to bypass the kitchen island and leave it just as it is. There are several great ideas how you can make your island work harder for your kitchen. And
Many kitchens really don’t have much space at all, which is why the idea of a rollaway kitchen island is so brilliant. You can have it out while you’re making dinner and when you’ve finished, roll it into hiding under the table or in the pantry. Using IKEA’s Kallax shelves is especially great because you also get the shelves for extra storage space. (via
Stools can be bulky things that there just isn’t quite enough space for. So consider a seat that slides away under your kitchen island. You still have a spot for little ones to sit so you can supervise homework while you make supper but they are more permanent. (via
I envy the the kitchen that has this brilliant idea. If your kitchen island has drawers, make a pullout cutting board! You can either add a drawer for your trash can underneath or you can pull it underneath while you’re chopping away. Either way, it will certainly help keep potato peelings off the floor.
While this built in spice cabinet is pretty, you can create the same effect by attaching picture ledges or spice shelves to the side of the island you already have. This idea is probably best for you single folks or child-less couples because otherwise, you’re asking for a mess. (via
Don’t cringe so much at the idea of cutting holes in your island top. You can attach baskets underneath to make secret storage space for bread and onions and other non-refrigerated food items. It’s like having a secret pantry.
Have you ever thought of using the space inside your kitchen island to store your trash cans? A system like this will keep them out of sight but very accessible for the cook of the house. Plus there is room for two for all you recycling buffs. (via
No hostess will say no to extra electrical outlets. This may be a project for the guys but when it comes to Christmas time and you have a dozen crock pots to keep cooking, you’ll be glad you installed these.
Give your pet a dedicated spot for their bowls and treat necessities by putting a shelf into the end of your kitchen island. This will give you an excuse to buy those pretty pet bowls you’ve been eying. (via
Possibly the most simple and yet the
So maybe you’re reading this and despairing over the fact that you don’t have a kitchen island. This one is for you. One weekend and a trip to IKEA can give you this beautiful kitchen island made from a few bookcases and a top. One more reason to love the Swedish store. (via