The humble kitchen trolley provides the solution to many a small kitchen storage dilemma. Whether you're designing a small kitchen and looking for a space conscious alternative to the ever-popular kitchen island; or like the idea of a versatile and non-permanent kitchen storage solution (we're talking to you, renters) it could just be the solution you've been looking for.
Something of a chameleon in the kitchen, kitchen trolleys are as suited to life as a butcher's block as they are as a spot for vegetable (or wine) storage. Like the sound of them so far? Our pick of the best kitchen trolleys will leave you convinced that they're the answer to many a kitchen dilemma...
1. Use your kitchen trolley to inject colour into a space
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Whether you've opted for an all-white kitchen scheme and like the idea of injecting colour into your space, or have embraced maximalism as a trend and can't get enough of bright and bold shades, a kitchen trolley is an easy option for introducing happiness-inducing colour into the kitchen.
We love this sunny yellow Engioi Storage Trolley from Lime Lace and its capacity as a handy kitchen storage solution. Proudly pro all things house plants, we envision using this kitchen trolley as a home for trailing plant friends.
Can't find a colourful kitchen trolley that you like? Opt for a wooden finish and give it a lick of paint yourself – our guide to painting furniture will point you in the right direction.
2. Choose a narrow kitchen trolley for a small kitchen
Tiny kitchen? You'll need a tiny kitchen trolley to match. Lightweight and portable, a small scale kitchen trolley is perfect for storing loose vegetables that don't need to be refrigerated and can be simply wheeled away so it doesn't become a nuisance.
We love the contemporary design of this Normann Copenhagen Block Side Table from Hurn & Hurn.
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3. Opt for a wooden kitchen trolley for a rustic feel
If your taste is rustic, or even Scandi-inspired, choosing a wooden kitchen trolley could be the style (and storage) solution for you.
Complete with two racks suitable for storing veggies (or wine) deep drawers and a table top, the Forhoja Kitchen Trolley offers a bit of everything, making it the perfect small kitchen accompaniment.
4. Pick a vintage kitchen trolley for an industrial feel
Whether you're looking for somewhere to store unique, presentation worthy pieces that don't yet have a home, want to try your hand at indoor gardening, or enjoy hosting and are looking for an easy way to serve guests, an open storage kitchen trolley could be the one for you.
If your kitchen has vintage or industrial character, you'll love the finish of this Botanique Kitchen Trolley from Maisons du Monde. Shop the full range of kitchen trolleys available from Maisons du Monde
5. Choose a kitchen trolley that doubles as a butcher's block
Meat lover who's always dreamt of a butcher's block? A kitchen trolley could be the solution. Equally perfect for preparation as it is for carving up, kitchen trolleys with a solid wooden table top are the ideal addition to a kitchen – especially for those who enjoy hosting.
We love the industrial feel of this Metal and Industrial Kitchen Trolley from Maisons du Monde.
6. Use your kitchen trolley for display
While less visually appealing kitchenware should be kept behind closed doors, we love the idea of using a kitchen trolley as a means of displaying the prettier pieces.
Pair this Rustic Green Shelf Trolley from Cox & Cox with delicate house plants, candle sticks and other pretty display pieces for an understated addition to your kitchen.
7. Don't compromise on the design of your kitchen trolley
In addition to its practical capacity, a kitchen trolley can (and should) make a design impact within a space, so don't compromise when it comes to choosing a design that suits your style.
This Black Metal Kitchen Trolley from Not On The High Street is a great example of a piece that packs a punch in terms of functionality – hello, sturdy table top and storage space – while working as a beautiful piece of furniture in its own right.
8. Choose a kitchen trolley that provides an additional surface
If you're a budding chef whose potential is limited by a small kitchen, or lack of kitchen surfaces, the kitchen trolley is the solution for you. Opt for a design with a worktop (making sure it also provides ample storage space) to maximise the capacity of a small kitchen.
Find this Tollerton Wooden Kitchen Trolley, complete with attached knife block, at Argos. Then, shop the full range of kitchen trolleys available from Argos
9. Opt for a foldable design if you don't want a permanent fixture
If you love the idea of a kitchen trolley for when guests are over, for BBQ season, or on the odd occasion that you require additional surface space, a foldable option could be the most suitable as it can be easily packed down and stored when not in use.
This Kitchen Craft Folding Butcher's Trolley from John Lewis & Partners is a great example; it's perfect for cutting meat and can be cleaned and packed away easily and efficiently. Find more stylish kitchen trolleys at John Lewis & Partners
10. A little bit of extra space can go a long way (especially in a small kitchen)
Owners of small kitchens will be only too aware of the fact that a little bit of extra space can often go a long way, which is where kitchen trolleys can make the world of difference.
Opt for a smaller model, like this Eddington Chilton Kitchen Trolley from John Lewis & Partners and you can still expect to reap the benefits of additional surface space.