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Budget-Friendly Island & Cart Options for a Kitchen


Though people are cooking less and less, kitchens are still the heart of the home. In recent years, kitchens have been growing larger and larger to accommodate a busy family’s needs or to entertain friends. One of the best ways to organize and design a kitchen is around a central hub, or a kitchen island.

See if one of these affordable yet elegant and functional kitchen islands below will work for you and your kitchen. Most of these kitchen islands retail for less than $200 – affordable, indeed!

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Winsome Wood Stetson Kitchen Cart - $99

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This kitchen cart is perfect for tight spaces, adding working and storage space to your kitchen or dining area. And it's sturdy, too! Composed of a solid beechwood structure with a natural wood finish, it features a pull out cutting board, towel holder and knife holder. This cart also has two lower shelves for convenient, easy-access open storage, and is on castors so it can easily be pushed out of the way when not needed.

Home Elegance Chicago Kitchen Cart & Bar - $145

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This small cart, when not used as kitchen storage or extra prep space, easily doubles as chic bar. The black base and brushed nickel hardware is sleek and contemporary while the warm cherry wood top adds a traditional twist, making this cart a perfect fit for many styles of kitchens and dining rooms. Or when party time comes, roll this cart into the living room for easy serving. The open storage can hold anything, from wine to wax paper, as well as tall kitchen gadgets such as a mixer.

Catskill Craftsmen Kitchen Island with Drop Leaf - $169

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This pretty kitchen island features a drop leaf - perfect for when you need additional prep space, or it can even accommodate extra seating. Open and enclosed storage abounds, and its white lacquered base and natural lacqured top should complement a range of kitchen decor. (If not, I would think that this cart could be easily painted.) Locking caster wheels keep it in place.

Trinity Stainless Steel Kitchen Island - $172

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This is an excellent price for a solid stainless steel table, and this type of kitchen island option is growing increasingly popular as more and more home cooks embrace the durability and solidarity of commercial cabinets, work surfaces and appliances. At 4-feet long, this work table is not compact but - with a maximum weight load of 300 lbs - is a perfect option for those who have the space and need a heavy-duty work surface. This island is NSF certified and has a fully-adjustable stainless steel bottom shelf, along with rounded edges and corners for safety. This island is weather resistant and would also work great in an outdoor kitchen.

Catskill Craftsmen Preston Hollow Island & Cart - $183

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This small yet fully functional kitchen cart features the best of both worlds: easy access, open storage and protected, closed storage. The white lacquered base holds a cabinet with an interior shelf and two slatted, open shelves that won't easily collect dust or crumbs. Also included is a wide drawer that offers extra storage space for smaller kitchen utensils or gadgets or for keeping kitchen towels close at hand. A natural colored hardwood top completes the look.

Home Styles Dolly Madison Kitchen Island - $186

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I love the charming vintage look of this cart by Home Styles that has been updated for a modern kitchen's needs. Its compact size is large enough to store necessities, but small enough to stay out of the way. This cart's solid wood work surface has a protective lacquered finish that should stand up to the wear and tear of everyday kitchen use. Featuring two doors that fully swing out for ease of accessibility, plus two drawers for storage. This cart comes on casters to make moving easy, while two wheels are lockable so you can plant it in place. This cart is also available in white.

Home Styles Kitchen Island - $359

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This is a massive, solid wood kitchen island for a great price. This dual-function cart comes complete with an extendable "breakfast bar," a built-in utensil caddy and a paper towel holder. Two drawers provide easy access to additional utensils and other kitchen accessories. Perfect for hiding away pantry items and dishes, the base has adjustable shelves behind four framed doors, and the cart is set on heavy duty locking casters for easy mobility.
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