clean, stock, and style our kitchens as much as we want — but actually gaining more physical square footage is an entirely different design beast. When your food space is a tiny one, the solution to opening up those cramped countertops to floors and every limited inch in between comes in the form of a cart (so you can put the sledgehammer down).
Kitchen carts are the less sexy, but much savvier cousin of bar carts; with
multi-capable storage abilities for everything from food to cookware, rolling wheels for easy access, and compact structures built to accommodate the smallest of spaces. Whether you live in a poorly laid out home or a one-room studio apartment, we’ve lined up the streamlined units to help expand your kitchens (or lack thereof).
Scroll ahead to shop the styles, from gold-wired basket stacks to bamboo-wood boxes and more.
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Urban Outfitters Bamboo Rolling Kitchen Cart This simple and functional bamboo cart features a fold-out cutting board and middle-tier with a removable serving tray for those mornings where breakfast in bed is just absolutely necessary. Urban Outfitters Bamboo Rolling Kitchen Cart, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Winston Porter Toro Kitchen Cart For the actually kitchen-less, this all-encompassing cart is equipped to completely create the space. Winston Porter Toro Kitchen Cart, $, available at Wayfair
Yamazaki Home Slim Rolling Cart Slim enough to tuck between the tightest of kitchen spaces, try sliding this sleek cart between your fridge and wall for extra storage that easily tucks out of the way. Yamazaki Home Tower Rolling Slim Storage Cart, $, available at Amazon
World Market Gold-Wire Rolling Cart This simple wire-basket cart is elevated with a wavy weave, brushed-gold finish, and deep-set shelves (perfect for storing the snack-overflow your tiny cabinets can’t contain). Cost Plus World Market Gold Wire Antonia Rolling Cart, $, available at Cost Plus World Market
Melody House Storage Cart This compact, two-tier cart wields storage and side-table capabilities with a removable wooden tabletop. Melody House Metal Storage Cart With Wooden Cover, $, available at Amazon
West Elm Slim Rolling Storage Cart Another super-slim style with a chic powder-coated steel twist. West Elm Slim Rolling Storage Cart, $, available at West Elm
Urban Outfitters Barkley Kitchen Cart Even the tiniest kitchens and tightest budgets can benefit from this under-$50, bamboo-framed cart — its super streamlined design boasts two tiers of wire storage baskets and a removable tray top. Urban Outfitters Barkley Kitchen Cart, $, available at Urban Outfitters
Origami Foldable Kitchen Cart The beauty of this sturdy kitchen cart is that it can be folded up and tucked away in the tightest space-saving times. origami Foldable Kitchen Cart, $, available at Amazon
KingRack 3-Tier Rolling Cart This painted metal cart is ready to add a pop of pastel style to any sad kitchen space. KINGRACK 3 Tier Rolling Cart, $, available at Wayfair
Urban Outfitters Erin Metal Kitchen Cart This particular cart combines the triple kitchen-storage powers of extra shelving, countertop space, and hanging racks all in one. Urban Outfitters Erin Metal Kitchen Rack, $, available at Urban Outfitters
SoleJazz 4-Tier Slim Rolling Cart A space-saving frame meets maximum storage capabilities in this streamlined, four-tier cart. solejazz 4-Tier Slim Mobile Shelving Unit, $, available at Amazon
Elfa Mesh Kitchen Cart This exclusive cart contains all the kitchen bells and whistles, from mesh drawers to hooks and even a butcher’s block top. Elfa Platinum Mesh Kitchen Cart, $, available at The Container Store
Mind Reader 3-Tier Circle Utility Cart This chic and compact black, circular style proves that not all kitchen carts are square. Mind Reader 3-Tier Circle Utility Cart, $, available at Amazon
World Market Wooden Rolling Cart A tall (and rustic) drink of kitchen-cart-water, this crate-style wooden unit is equipped with four-tiers of bonus storage for your small space. Cost Plus World Market 4-Shelf Wooden Gavin Rolling Cart, $, available at Cost Plus World Market
Inglestone Common Prep Table If you’re looking to take a small step up from cart-size, try a counter height prep table. This kitchen storage solution holds everything from your microwave to wine collection, and can even take on bigger pots and pans or a full set of plates in one streamlined swoop. 17 Stories Inglestone Common Prep Table, $, available at Wayfair
AmazonBasics Kitchen Cart Barebones does not equal blah in this chrome-plated steel cart with a removable wood top — it’s sturdy, sleek, and gets the multi-capable storage job done. AmazonBasics Kitchen Rolling Cart, Wood/Chrome, $, available at Amazon
Haotian Trolley On Wheels We love the space-saving ability that this minimalist cart has to fit flush up against any free surface inside our kitchens — from fridge to wall and beyond. Haotian 3 Shelves Serving Trolley on Wheels, $, available at Amazon
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