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Bars, Carts and Kitchen Islands
Bring your kitchen or dining room into the modern world of design by incorporating a bar, cart or kitchen island into your layout. Whether your room is modest and functional or large and lavish, these furnishings will provide much-needed storage space along with a touch of flair.
Notably popular in the 1960s, these vintage-style furnishings are making a comeback in a big way. As many residential kitchens and dining rooms transform from closed spaces into open-concept entertainment areas, the demand for retro bars, carts and kitchen islands is on the rise.
Sideboards, buffets and servers aren’t new entries into the furniture arena. These furnishings date back to the 16th century −− when dining tables were often called "boards" −− because they comprised long wooden boards resting atop bases. Before a meal was served, the board was placed atop the bases. When the meal was finished, the board and bases were moved away to make room. European homes had permanent "boards" in their dining rooms on which food and dishes were placed before and after the meal. These were called "sideboards."
Though stylish, bars, carts and kitchen islands are typically featured in design concepts for their utility. Many of them are portable and allow you to expand the amount of space you have available with little effort. Bars generally contain easily accessible spaces for wine bottles and liquor storage, while carts and islands let you store items and prep meals when counter space is limited. Browse our extensive collection to find the piece that best represents your style. From edgy and contemporary to classic and refined, bars, carts and kitchen islands can seamlessly integrate into your existing decor or become a focal point all their own.
While there are a number of material options to choose from, bars, carts and kitchen islands are typically crafted from robust and attractive components. Wood, iron, steel and other metals are the most common, but glass and recycled materials are also on-trend.
- Portable carts and bars on wheels are practical because you can stow them away when not in use. This is especially important if you have a small dining room space to work with.
- If your dining room has all the staples of a modern theme, opt for a glass or sleek iron design to complement your existing decor.
- Reclaimed wood pieces are currently a hot commodity in rustic and industrial home decor. Consider a large bar, cart or island made of reclaimed pine to enhance your rustic or industrial space.
- In mid-century and traditional dining rooms, the bar or cart should be an elegant showpiece. An intricate pattern, dark color and polished appearance will best suit your preferences.
- The material of your kitchen island plays a large role in the overall appearance of the piece. Metal is popular for industrial themes, while rustic styles may use wood.