Everyone could do with more kitchen storage space and an island is a decadent choice. Here’s how you can get the look of a kitchen island for less…

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With the average kitchen costing around £8,000, storage space does not come cheap, especially if you’re wanting to opt for a stand alone island.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to a freestanding island, there’s no need to give up hope – there are moveable options on the market that are both affordable and stylish. What’s better is that they can be moved if you’re in need of extra floor space for entertaining or if fancy a change. Take a look below how to get a kitchen island look for less.

Loft Grey Hevea trolley, £650

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Bag youself an extra workstation with this chic kitchen trolley. Every T&G trolley has a solid worktop with drawers and shelves for storage. Two of the wheels are lockable, which means it won't be wheeling around without you doing so, therefore it gives the effect of a built in island. It comes in three colours – white, cream and grey. We're huge fans of this cool-toned grey colour, that would look fab in any modern kitchen.

Weintraub kitchen trolley, £79.99

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Black kitchens are all the rage and this compact storage unit is ideal for small spaces. If you've got a galley kitchen this would be perfect to use as an island to store crockery, pots and pans and to display accessories on the solid wood top. 

Vadholma kitchen island, £350

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This freestanding kitchen island is easy to place wherever you want it in your kitchen, it even has an overhanging worktop which can be used as a breakfast bar. You can also pair this unit with the Vadholma rack, which attaches to the sides and works as an overhead rail to hang utensils and other kitchen must-haves. For just £350, this unit really is a great affordable buy!

3 Tier Navy kitchen trolley, £30

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If you're a fan of the industrial look, a carbon steel trolley could be the right storage solution for you. This navy design from Dunelm has been designed so it can be moved around easily and is durable. Express your personal style by using the top tier to display plants and quirky kitchen accessories, while using the bottom two tiers to store more practical items.

Elmley cream island, £899

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Creating a traditional kitchen scheme relies on great quality, timeless pieces. This Elmley island from The Cotswold Company is a worthwhile investment that will be the talking point of any kitchen. It features sturdy wooden crates for storage, satin silver cup handles and a solid wood top. This will no doubt be the hub of the house when it comes to entertaining. 

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