I’ve been on the hunt for a non permanent kitchen island, table, or more substantial cart for awhile now and haven’t quite felt like committing. When renovating our kitchen, we had plenty of storage and given the footprint, there was really no need or space for a permanent kitchen island. It wasn’t something that fit my plan. Instead, I envisioned holding out for a vintage cart, French pastry table, or skinny table that could accommodate some cookbooks with room on top for food prep, if needed. Shortly after our renovation was finished, I bought our little mobile cart, gave it a makeover, and it has been living in our kitchen ever since. I love the cart and it gets used all the time, but still long for something a little bit larger that better fits the floor plan (a longer, rectangular or oval option). I’m still holding out for something vintage, but I think I’m close! I’ve been saving lots of beautiful options that I thought would be fun to share… click through to see some great non permanent kitchen island, table, & cart options.
I’m going to keep this post short and sweet because I’ve really just been patiently waiting and collecting ideas along the way. There were two French marble pastry tables that I tried to bid on before leaving for vacation, but I got outbid on both and didn’t have cell service to counter during our trip. I’d love something with a lighter marble top- carrara would be an ideal contrast.
We use our little cart often. It’s fun to style, holds our fruit bowl, hides loose recipes in the drawer, and comes in handy when entertaining. I can’t imagine having nothing in the center of our kitchen, but I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for more European looking pastry tables or vintage carts. If you see anything, please share it with me!
In the meantime, here are a bunch of non permanent kitchen islands I’ve saved. If you’re also on the hunt for a piece to ground or anchor your kitchen vignette, could use more storage, or are lacking a space for food prep- maybe some of these will fit your design plan.
Click directly on the items to be redirected to the source- or use the numbered links below the collage to shop…
01: french kitchen island // 02: espresso kitchen cart // 03: white kitchen island // 04: small butcher block island // 05: large kitchen island// 06: vintage wood island // 07: off-white cart// 08: grey kitchen cart // 09: custom block island // 10: vintage marble island // 11: black cart island // 12: oval marble island
Something simple with an open base like #1 or #12 is what I’d like for our kitchen, but there are so many gorgeous options! Which ones are your favorite? Some of those vintage ones are incredible.
I like that all of these are very functional, can easily be moved where they’re needed, and feel stylistically more like furniture than a permanent island or bank of cabinets. Most of them feel visually lighter than the typical built-in island, thanks to their open base or decorative leg style. Do you have a kitchen island? If so, is it permanent? Hope you have a great day!