Kitchen tables as islands

Islands have come a long way from the bulky rectangles of the past. Sure, added counter space, storage underneath, even an extra sink, were all benefits to a large island, but now the options are endless. From dark oak planks to traditional maple spindles, scratched and worn antiques to stainless steel bases and marble tops, islands are as versatile as dining tables and lately, many kitchen islands are actually starting to look an awful lot like kitchen tables.

Furniture-style legs and other details have been around for ages in kitchen island design, but this trend is taking the table idea bit further, with more and more wood tops, little or no storage underneath, and seating on at least two sides. When these islands do have storage, it’s high enough off the ground so you can see under them. These islands look and feel more like tables, but for practical purposes, they’re still a 36″ counter-height island. Plus, using a table instead of a permanent island allows you to move it around or transport it with a move.

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