Talk about teeny! At first glance you might think there's no way to squeeze an island into this compact kitchen. I don't know how much room this homeowner has to walk around it, but the extra storage and prep space would be worth it for me.
I love the way this little red number blends decorative appeal and functionality. As a bonus, the rug picks up the color of the island base and carries it into the room.
Small islands earn their floor space when they're cleverly designed. Drawers, baskets and shelves house sundries, and there's even room to tuck in a stool that can be pulled out for a guest to perch on.
This petite island's top has just enough overhang to accommodate a single seat. Note too how the transparent stool adds little visual bulk, which helps preserve an open feel.
This kitchen probably could have accommodated a bigger island, but the diminutive blue version gives the space extra breathing room.
The end of this island could have languished as wasted space, but the owners jumped on the opportunity to tuck in a microwave. This is a great solution when you have kids old enough to warm up snacks or zap leftovers.