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Unique Kitchen Island Ideas

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Almost any kitchen works better with an island. A kitchen island can enhance traffic flow and provide extra seating or storage – or both! All of these unique kitchen island ideas testify that adding a kitchen island doesn’t have to be expensive.

Your Own Island Getaway – Almost any piece of furniture can be converted into a kitchen island. Think outside of the standard box or cart when it comes to a kitchen island. Anything from an old filing cabinet, antique dresser (like this gorgeous redo by Sarah of Hart’s Desire, pictured left) or sleek stainless steel lab table can all make fine kitchen islands.

Take a Chance on Color – Kick up your kitchen a (big) notch by painting your island a bold sea of color that contrasts with the rest of your kitchen cabinets, or take a chance and try a fun faux finish or stenciled pattern on your island. If you don’t like the idea of all-over color, add color through the island top or seating like in the photo below.

Consider Seating Height – If you are using your island for extra seating space, consider a comfortable seating height. Standard for most kitchen islands is “counter” height, or 36-inch island height with stools or seating being 24-26 inches, but some prefer bar height, which is 40-42-inch counter with 30-inch seating. Whatever the height of your island, be sure to provide at least 12-inches of knee room for seating.

Seating When You Need It – If you would like to incorporate seating into your island, work around the size of your kitchen. If you have a long, narrow kitchen, seating may work better at the end of your island. And stools or chairs don’t have to be a permanent feature of your island; consider adding a pop-up or fold-down extra tabletop to the side of your kitchen island to use for additional seating only when needed.

Repurpose It in the Kitchen – A console or sofa table can make a great kitchen island, especially in a small kitchen. If you are having trouble finding a console table to fit, consider stacking two occasional tables on top of each other to create your own. To unify the pieces, paint a solid color.