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If you’re starved for counter space in your small kitchen, have you considered adding a small kitchen island? It may seem counterproductive to add an island to an already-small kitchen, but there is a great selection of kitchen islands designed for small spaces.

We’ve put together a list of 10 small kitchen islands — also called kitchen utility tables, rolling butcher blocks and kitchen carts. They’re affordable, sturdy and versatile, and they made our list because:

  • They serve as multi-functional pieces, offering extra storage.
  • Some have hooks or a built-in towel bar.
  • Many have locking wheels so they can be rolled out of the way or used in other rooms.
  • Some fold flat for storage in a pantry or against a wall.
  • Some have drop leaves, which add counter space and serve double duty as a breakfast bar.

10 Small Kitchen Islands Your Small Kitchen Will Love

1. Oasis Concepts Folding Kitchen Island

Dimensions: 23” W x 24″ D x 36” H

The Oasis folding kitchen island is ingenious, thanks to its ability to fold nearly flat. It’s made of stainless steel and solid wood, including a parquet butcher-block top, to ensure durability even in the busiest of small kitchens.

2. Altra Elmwood Kitchen Cart

Dimensions: 36″ W x 17″ D x 34″H

The Elmwood Kitchen Cart by Altra ($349) is a modern and beautiful kitchen island. The industrial-chic cart has multiple shelves, including racks for 12 bottles of wine, in a cool-toned rustic oak finish to hold whatever you need stylishly. It also has wheels so you can use it as a bar cart or anywhere you need a little extra storage.

3. Ikea Grundtal Kitchen Cart

Dimensions: 21.25” W x 16″ D x 35.5” H

This low-maintenance, stainless steel kitchen cart ($149) has a small drawer with a bar-style drawer pull, as well as a fixed shelf. The large basket drawer is the perfect catch-all for larger items, while the wine rack is sturdy enough to hold some of your favorite wine bottles (or rolling pins).

4. Catskill Craftsmen Drop-Leaf Cabinet Cart

Dimensions: 20” W x 20″ D x 34.25” H

The top of the Catskill Craftsmen drop-leaf cart ($410) doubles in width to 40 inches when both of the drop leaves are up, to expand your counter space or serve as the perfect spot for breakfast for two. Locking casters keep the small kitchen island in place until you’re ready to wheel it elsewhere. A drawer and a two-door cabinet offer extra storage in space-challenged kitchens.

5. Winsome Folding Kitchen Island

Dimensions: 38″ W x 17″ D x 34.5″ H

Featuring a towel rack, wheels, a drop-down leaf and solid-wood construction, the Winsome Folding Kitchen Island ($180) is a small kitchen island that can fold flat for storage.

6. Metro Commercial Chef’s Cart

Dimensions: 27″ W x 21″ D x 39.25″ H

The Metro Commercial Chef’s Cart is heavy-duty enough to hold up to 500 pounds per shelf, making the lower shelf of this mobile, small kitchen island the perfect spot for housing mixers and other heavy kitchen appliances. The solid butcher-block top is thick and durable enough to withstand years of chopping.

7. Apex Entertainment Work Table

Dimensions: 30″ W x 18″ D x 34″ H 

Stainless steel food-prep tables, such as this one by Apex, are the perfect solution for a small kitchen area. The 30-by-18-inch size is pictured, but this table comes in a variety of sizes as small as 24 by 12 inches. For extra versatility, add the optional rolling casters if you think you’ll be moving it around.

8. Linon Bamboo Work Island

Dimensions: 22″ W x 22″ D x 36.5″ H

What makes Linon’s Bamboo Work Island unique is its inlaid-granite top. Granite is low maintenance, modern and ideal for bakers who need a cool surface area to work on. A variety of storage options — drawer, basket, shelf, wine rack and towel hooks — offer places for everything a cook needs on hand, and rubber casters let you roll it wherever you need it the most.

9. Baxton Studio Meryland Kitchen Cart

Dimensions: 47.5″ W x 17.75″ D x 34.5″ H

Fresh and clean in a white finish with a wood butcher-block top, the Meryland Kitchen Cart has a towel holder and spice rack on one side, plus drawers, cabinets and shelves to hold all the essentials.

10. Winsome Mali Kitchen Cart

Dimensions: 36″ W x 18.5″ D x 34.5″ H

Contemporary in a striking espresso finish and a butcher-block top, the Mali Kitchen Cart is a good, small kitchen island when extra storage and counter space are needed. One of the open shelves is removable to accommodate taller items or kitchen gadgets.

Did you love these ideas? For more inspiration, check out Small Kitchen Island Ideas for Every Space and Budget.

Do you see any small kitchen islands in this list that could help you make the most of your small kitchen?