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A kitchen cart, also referred to as a prep station, chef’s cart, or gourmet island, is meant to expand storage and counter space.
Since the number of kitchen cart ideas is only limited by the endless styles to choose from, we’ll narrow down the options by a few essential things to consider.
A Kitchen Cart on Wheels
Most Kitchen carts have wheels on them. However, if you’d prefer a kitchen cart without wheels, you’ll find those as well. Carts that come without wheels tend to be larger, as they’re specifically designed to be stationary. At the same time, a cart on wheels offers mobile convenience. Wheels let you move the cart to any part of the kitchen or main level. For example, roll it to the required room if you’re hosting a party and need a space for snacks and drinks. Your kitchen cart can be a mini-bar, a snack station, a prep area, or a small dining room buffet to hold excess food.
Compact Carts with Folding Sides/Drop-Leaf
Notice some carts are made for smaller kitchens. With folding sides, you get efficient storage options. Slide the cart into a walk-in pantry or corner when it’s not being utilized. Take it out when you need it. Or add the smaller cart to the end of a kitchen island for extended useable space. The drop-leaf sides make this style of cart an ideal portable solution.
Winsome Wood Drop-Leaf Kitchen Cart
A Kitchen Cart that Can Double as a Small Kitchen Island
Solid wood carts or those designed with a prominent structure can serve double duty. A piece like the one featured below works when a kitchen needs a small island and requires additional working counter space and storage. It’s decorative, solid, and can easily blend into many decors. Rather than an after-thought, kitchen carts can be made to flow with an existing design.
A Simple Affordable Storage Utility Cart
The utility storage cart below is an option when your kitchen needs a little extra storage space, but your budget prevents you from adding new cupboards. It’s not an expensive piece, nor is it too large. The tabletop and two racks let you place small kitchen appliances and additional items on all three levels. Roll it beside your counter, and you instantly have another storage solution. These carts are ideal for extra small kitchen appliances that need a home. Put the blender, the rice maker, and the mixing bowls on it.
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