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 multipurpose furniture is always a win in my book. Check out these 10 hacks for your kitchen island and decide which would help the most in your kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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