Updated: Aug 8
Kitchen islands range in price and functionality from the cheapest and most basic to the most expensive and functional. The important dividing point is between the portable and the permanent/fixed island. Electrical service is not necessary for the first class, but it is required in the second.
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Here's an island idea whereby two pillars run up from the island to the ceiling, acting both as structural supports and possibly disguising cables.
Check out the following different types of kitchen islands, plus their pros and cons, to consider for your needs
1. The Rolling Cart "Island"
This hardly qualifies as a kitchen island, but we have to start somewhere. Rolling carts are more like moveable prep areas that you keep to the side of the kitchen rather than having them clearly displayed next to your main worktops. A common sort of moving "island" is the butcher block cart.
|PROS|: These islands are inexpensive and simple to get to and from.
|DISABILITIES|: Rolling carts have a tendency to roll. Unexpectedly frequently, these wheels become unlocked. When locked, these wheels don't have enough traction on the floor.
2. Small, Non-Portable Kitchen Island
These islands differ from the above-mentioned portable, rolling cart islands in that they lack wheels on the bottom. Furthermore, they make a concerted effort to mimic a "genuine" kitchen island.