Not all kitchens are equipped with sprawling islands, and unless you're planning a gut renovation, you often have to find creative and effective ways to make the best of your space. This can be especially frustrating with rentals, where kitchens can sometimes feel bare-boned. If you have an enclosed kitchen or live in an open-plan apartment with a one-wall kitchen layout, it may be tempting to add an island—which doesn't always leave enough room for a separate dining table.
Enter kitchen island tables: These versatile pieces of furniture truly can do it all. They can serve as extra prepping surfaces when you're cooking and in some cases, they can even provide much-needed storage space. In a flash, they can transform your small kitchen into a functional space to cook and gather. Best of all, since they're not built in, you can easily take them with you when you move. If you're not convinced yet, these are our favorite kitchen island tables for every room size, style, and budget. They'll transform the way you interact with your space.
Brass and marble enthusiasts will love this kitchen island table that adds a glamorous flair to any kitchen. It's topped with a beautiful Carrara marble slab with gray veining.
Want an island that can double as a dining table for larger dinner parties? Look no further—this counter-height, extendable dining table seats up to six and is ultra versatile.
Sleek and simple, this marble-top, counter-height table will seamlessly blend into your kitchen.
For a farmhouse look, try this rustic kitchen bistro table that will add cozy, country charm to your space.
If you're looking for an affordable bar table with a cool midcentury vibe for your petite space, IKEA has your back.
This streamlined Crate & Barrel kitchen island table has plenty of storage space and an indentation on one side to tuck in counter stools.
Simplicity at its best: Crate & Barrel's Parsons high dining table collection comes in a variety of finishes and marbles to match your space.
With a chic metal top and a sturdy base, this kitchen island table is both practical and stylish. We love the bottom shelf for extra storage.
This kitchen island table is compact and seats up to four. There are matching stools that are sold separately.
This Williams Sonoma piece is the next best thing to having a kitchen island made to order. It has plenty of storage space and surface area for food prep.
This clean-lined and versatile bar table has customizable tops and bottoms so you can choose between a teak butcher block or a marble top and chrome or black legs.
Perfect for a small apartment, this marble-top table is minimal and affordable.
We love the marble-and-wood combo of this kitchen island table from CB2. Plus, the price point is reasonable.
With plenty of storage space and enough room for a couple of barstools, this kitchen island table looks like it's custom-built.
A durable powder-coated finish and convenient wheels give this kitchen island table, which comes in black or white, the potential to be a star in any room of the house.