Ikea kitchen islands: 5 ways to get a luxury look on a budget

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Feel like your kitchen would be improved with the addition of a kitchen island, but maybe you just can't justify the price of a whole kitchen revamp? Or perhaps you think you don't have the room? Well, let us introduce you to these rather versatile Ikea kitchen islands...

Designed for those of us who don't have copious amounts to spend or whose kitchens aren't blessed with miles and miles of open floor space, these kitchen islands are both budget- and space-friendly – and, importantly, don't require any professional fitting, just home assembly by you (an extra pair of hands would help).

Below, we have rounded up some of the best Ikea kitchen islands, plus some clever Ikea kitchen island hacks so you can envisage how to get the best from yours in your kitchen.

1. Add a spacious  kitchen island for just £250

If you are just after a classic Ikea kitchen island, the Torkviken is your best bet. It's an absolute bargain, just a fraction of what you would pay for very similar looking kitchen islands elsewhere. The style is nice and simple, so you could easily fit it in with your existing kitchen scheme. It's got plenty of storage on the one side and on the other, there is a space to fit two bar stools so you can use it as a breakfast bar too. 

If you need any kitchen island seating ideas, make sure you check out our feature. 

Love the style of the Tornviken, but need something smaller? They actually make a compact version that's just as cute and just as budget-friendly. 

2. Maximise storage with a kitchen island with a built in rack

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If you want to get even more from your Ikea kitchen island, check out the Vadholma. You get all the storage space underneath, a seating area annnnd you also get a built-in rack and shelf to hang pots and pans and utensils. We think the overall look is really stylish too.

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3. Go for an industrial vibe with a mobile kitchen island

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If you like an industrial vibe in your kitchen, a metal equivalent of a kitchen island will only add to the look. The Flytta is inspired by professional kitchens but has been adapted to be used in a busy home kitchen. As well as looking great, it's also really practical as the stainless steel is durable and can be wiped down.

It comes in black, too (see below).

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4. Choose a budget (and space) friendly kitchen trolley

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Fitting a whole island into a small kitchen isn't the most realistic plan, but if you love that flexible, freestanding look that an island brings to a space, you can always create a similar effect with a Forhoja  kitchen trolley. It is much more compact than an island but can still give you extra surface space and extra storage, plus of course,  it can act as a focal point in a room, however small.

Or, put two back-to-back, as below to create a squarer surface that's twice the size.

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5. Need something even smaller? Raskog to the rescue

We have sung the praises of the humble Raskog many a time! We would go as far to say it is one of the most versatile pieces of Ikea furniture out there. Today, ladies and gentlemen, the Raskog will be a kitchen island. A very mini kitchen island, yes, but nevertheless, if you are after just a bit of extra, portable surface space, this hack is ideal.  

Ikea actually sell a chopping board that perfectly sits on top of the Raskog, turning it into the ideal place to prep food, too. The chopping board is only £9, so with the Raskog at just £39, you get an Ikea kitchen island for £48!