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Luxe Kitchen Carts + Islands That Can Handle Everything

No matter how large your kitchen, it always seems that a little extra space to work would help. Enter after-market kitchen islands and carts. Kitchen islands are stationary, while the kitchen carts are moveable work surfaces that you can roll where you need them.

With the holidays coming, a little extra workspace will come in handy. Your sister needs a place to finish her Thanksgiving dish, or you want a spot to set up a DIY champagne cocktail bar.

We went looking for the best kitchen carts and islands around to help save you some time. Given the supply chain issues, if you see one you like, it’s wise to order it ASAP.

Slab Marble Kitchen Island

marble kitchen island
Photo credit: CB2

If there’s anything more luxurious looking than this marble kitchen island, we can’t think of what it is right now. Designer Kara Mann crafted this piece to look like one continuous slab. It’s Volakas marble, a natural stone from Greece that has white and grey veins similar to Carrara. The counter height and the drawers make it very practical and increase the chances you’ll be tempted to use it as a kitchen desk. You might even want it for your office. ($2999 from CB2)

John Boos End-Grain Butcher Block Classic Kitchen Cart

butcher block kitchen cart with casters
Photo credit: Williams Sonoma

This John Boos end-grain butcher block number is the stuff of kitchen cart dreams are made of. It’s got sturdy locking casters so you can take it anywhere. And it’s compact at just 3 feet wide so it will fit even in small kitchens. Plus it’s made in the US from sustainably sourced wood. ($1495 from Williams-Sonoma)

Larkspur Marble-Top Kitchen Island

kitchen island with turned legs
Photo credit: Williams-Sonoma

The vintage-style turned legs are an important and charming detail on this classic kitchen island. It would be right at home in a traditional or modern farmhouse kitchen. The Larkspur Kitchen Island is topped in Carrara marble, so you can roll out pastry on it, and the two levels of shelving make it a storage workhorse as well.($4695 from Williams-Sonoma)

Abbott Concrete & FSC® Acacia Island and Hutch

concrete and wood kitchen cart with wheels and shelves
Photo credit: Pottery Barn

This uber cart-and-hutch combo is an upscale riff on a potting bench, and it’s the kind of thing you’d expect to find at Smith & Hawken if they were still around. It’s designed for the patio, but with the increasing popularity of outdoor kitchens and patio parties, this could be the island for you if you’re in a temperate climate. It’s made of Forestry Stewardship Council-certified acacia, and featured a concrete slab top. But our favorite feature may be those wheels with mini spokes. You’ll have room to set up an entire buffet with plates and glasses above and platters and icy drinks plus a few strategically placed flowering plants. ($2499 from Pottery Barn)

Boos Cucina Elegante Kitchen Cart in Walnut

wood and metal kitchen cart with wheels
Photo credit: Rejuvenation

There’s a lot to like about this Boos Cucina Elegante Kitchen Cart, starting with the deep walnut wood on top. And with a stainless steel body, it’s going to be durable and resistant to dings. The handy drawer is a nice place to store knives or maybe a corkscrew. And when its time to clean, you can take everything off the perforated shelves and spray it down with Mrs. Meyers. ($1499 from Rejuvenation)

Lomond Kitchen Island

wood kitchen island with drawers
Photo credit: Sundance Catalog

There’s a hand hewn quality to the Lomond Kitchen Island, from the visible joinery on the drawer fronts to the contrasting finishes on the legs. But the reclaimed wood, and the rustic details come together to create a new piece that has the look of an antique. It’s a storage bonanza too, with six drawers on each side, it can easily hold both dinner linens and school supplies. ($1995 from Sundance Catalog)

Lovecup Industrial Work Island

industrial kitchen cart with wheels
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This rolling island stopped our scrolling cold. In an instant, it captured all of the things we love about industrial design and pot racks full of copper cookware. Whether you’re working on your laptop, making dinner or shooting pictures for your food blog, this piece can handle it all. And with the casters, you can move it wherever the light is best. With this in your kitchen, what’s to stop you from writing that novel? ($2250 from Lovecup)

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