Do you ever find yourself daydreaming of more kitchen prep or storage space? You can never have too much preparation space or cupboards to store all your essential kitchen gizmos and gadgets, but what’s a home chef to do when they don’t want to undertake a major kitchen reno? The answer is to invest in a free-standing kitchen island bench.
While some kitchen islands come built-in, did you know you can buy them separately to place wherever you’d like in your kitchen? They came in all sizes and materials and with different features, and not all cost an arm and a leg. You can nab a beautiful free standing kitchen island bench for as little as several hundred dollars.
It’s important you measure your space before purchasing a kitchen island as you need to be able to fit it in your space, while also having room to move around it without squeezing past (as well as room to open appliances like dishwashers and ovens).
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite free standing kitchen island benches in Australia to suit a range of tastes, sizes and budgets.
Best Budget: Elwood kitchen trolley, Temple and Webster ($329)
We love this Elwood kitchen trolley from Temple and Webster. Featuring a solid rubberwood tip and matte finish, two Hampton style doors with shelf storage, a fixed solid bottom shelf, a tea towel holder and 360 degree castor swivel wheels – and all for $329 – you really can’t beat it. It’s understated, rustic and perfect for those on a budget or who only have a small space.
Best Luxury: Marble top kitchen island, Allissias Attic ($2,729.00)
On the other end of the spectrum, we have this elegant white marble top kitchen island from Allissias Attic. With a stunning wooden base featuring ample shelving space, drawers and tea towel hooks, this island bench is certainly functional while also being a major centre statement piece.
Best for Big Kitchens: Petersberg Timber Butcher’s Block Hardwood Top Island Trolley ($895)
IKEA is certainly dishing out the goods with this lovely Vadholma kitchen island. Neat and compact, this free standing bench will fit seamlessly into smaller kitchens, while not compromising on storage or workspace. It also features space for two stools to fit neatly underneath, so it can double as a dining table. We love a versatile free standing kitchen island bench!
Best with Open Shelving: Hadwin Solid Mango Wood Timber Kitchen Island with Iron Shelves and Castors ($1,605.00)
If open shelving is important to you then you can't beat this timeless and elegant free standing kitchen island bench. The character in the recycled wood creates a truly unique look, meaning your kitchen island bench will look unlike any other. With ample shelving space, draws, space to hang tea towels and 360 swivel wheels, this piece will suit almost any kitchen.