If you long for more storage or counter space but don't have the budget for a custom built-in, then fake it. These days, some off-the-rack kitchen islands are sleeker and more utilitarian than the options that come with a house. Ideal for renters, commitment-phobes, or people who like their furniture to multitask, these portable kitchen islands have a little something for everyone.
When designing a dream kitchen, allot ample room for a kitchen island. A good kitchen island increases your prepping area, gives you more storage space, and also adds a handsome furniture element to the room. We've rounded up five beautifully designed kitchen islands to show what's good, better, and best on the market today.
I'm getting ready to renovate my kitchen and I'm debating over installing a kitchen banquette or an island. It's tough to tell from my image but there's enough room to make either one work. And actually my contractor thinks I could make both work — a small banquette with a cooking island. I've got small children so I'm leaning towards a banquette so they can get in and out easier. But I love the idea of an island. I could saddle them up at the bar and keep a better eye on them while I serve up their food, right?
Now that I've told you my concerns, tell me what you think the pros and cons are of each one. I'm trying to make the most educated decision here and appreciate any pointers or personal experience.
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Su Casa member Hihowareya recently updated her kitchen with a cool DIYed backsplash, some fresh paint colors, and new lighting. She also made an important, practical change to her kitchen as well: she added an island and sink that allowed her wheelchair-bound mother to maneuver around the space and use the kitchen to her best advantage.
To find out how Hihowareya created this island on a tight budget, read more