10 Stylish Small-Space-Friendly Kitchen Carts That’ll Create Storage Out of Thin Air

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There is one purchase we recommend to everyone who believes that their kitchen could and should be doing more for them: a kitchen cart. It may be a humble and simple piece of furniture, but it’s also incredibly versatile and well-suited to making efficient use of small spaces. Kitchen carts have seen many people through less-than-ideal kitchen setups and saved the day when they needed a little extra counter and storage space. They also tend to be very affordable, so they’re a budget-friendly investment, too.

We prefer kitchen carts with wooden tops because they look more stylish than stainless steel and don’t cost as much as granite or tile. Check out our top picks of wooden kitchen carts (many of them are under $100) and find the perfect one to add the extra bit of storage and counter space your kitchen needs. And if you want something a little bigger, take a look at our favorite kitchen islands.

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was $78.99

The dark brown wood shelves and black metal frame give this rolling kitchen cart a minimalist and modern aesthetic. It includes a set of S-hooks for hanging kitchen towels and oven mitts and has enough open storage space to hold large pots and pans or even appliances such as a microwave or stand mixer.

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was $69.99

This kitchen cart has so much storage space in its slide-out baskets that it can act as a second pantry for all your dry goods. The wooden top also offers room to hold a small appliance such as a coffee maker, or you can keep it clear to have extra counter space when you're cooking and need a spot to set dishes or bowls of ingredients.

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With an ultra-compact design, this kitchen cart makes smart use of vertical storage space. The wooden trays and metal basket all slide out so you can easily reach what's inside, and the cutlery drawer has enough room to fit a full set of knives, forks, and spoons. This works great in tiny kitchens or as an addition to your dining area.

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Home Depot

We like the variety of storage areas in this small-space-friendly kitchen cart. Use the shelves for serving ware or pantry ingredients, fill the drawer with silverware, and load up the bottom rack with bottles of wine or olive oil. And, because this cart comes unfinished, check out The Home Depot's wood stain section for inspiration on adding your own personal touch and getting the perfect hue.

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was $149.99

While this rolling kitchen cart is handy in the kitchen for the extra storage space it provides, it really shines as a serving cart for you to wheel out to your dining area. Especially when you're entertaining guests, you'll appreciate that its drop-leaf top gives you additional room to hold dishes and that its middle shelf is actually a removable tray — that's storage within storage.

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was $99.99

With a chic, farmhouse design and a lower cabinet for storage, this small kitchen cart offers a lot of utility and style. Hooks on the side hold your oven mitts and tea towels, a drawer organizes utensils, and a bar handle on the other side makes for a steady handle when you want to relocate the cart.

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was $159.99

If you're very particular about your storage needs, try this kitchen cart with a bamboo top. you can adjust the storage basket and bottom wire shelf in 1-inch increments so they're at the exact heights you want. The bamboo top can also be used as a cutting board, so this is great if you're looking for an extra food prep area for your kitchen.

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The Container Store

This marvelous rolling kitchen cart folds up into an extremely compact size that you can stow away in any nook or corner. Even the wooden top folds down onto the side. A great choice if you're not sure about committing to a cart and want the option to store it when it's not in use.

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was $194.20

This drop-leaf kitchen cart includes two wooden stools that can be stored beneath the tabletop so you can break out the extra seats when you need them, and keep them tucked away when you don't. With the drop-leaf section propped up, you get an extra 2 feet of space, transforming this into a legitimate dining table. Plus, it still has two drawers for holding utensils or a few stacked plates.

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was $429.99

Take your pick of blue, gray, or black finishes on this spacious kitchen cart so you get the one that matches your home decor scheme. The large open shelves are great for storing extra plates and bowls or appliances such as air fryers, and the window on the cabinet helps you keep track of any servingware you stash in there. You can also remove the wheels to make this cart stationary.