Small kitchens are always in need of extra storage space and table space. A small kitchen island with plenty of storage space meets both of these needs on a neat and robust unit. When you re-purse a vintage table or ironing board, or build a custom fish tank or pet cage to act as your island, you are sure to make your kitchen more functional and appealing.
We all remember using plastic milk boxes to keep our album albums or serve as bookcases in our childhood bedrooms. “Crate technology” has come a long way since the 1970s. More stylish than ever, standard cube-shaped boxes made of stainless steel or aluminum can be purchased from home decor stores or home improvement stores and secured together for a useful storage island in your kitchen. Top boxes out with a steel worktop to create a sleek and custom kitchen island that is narrow enough to save space and robust enough to meet your household needs.
Use plexiglass or another type of clear acrylic material to build a kitchen island that visually disappears in your small kitchen. Measure your island and create a chart of a long, narrow rectangle corresponding to a narrow shelf. Take your goals to your home improvement store and ask them to cut your clear acrylic to your goals. Use plexiglass cement to build your acrylic “bookcase” and even with a larger piece of acrylic material that will form the kitchen table.