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Old school kitchens were usually designed with cabinets and counter space running on all walls and sides of the kitchen, leaving the floor relatively open for mobility. In some cases this just becomes useless space, especially in a larger room. The right kitchen island can make this space more usable and if you grab one with a butcher block top and the right storage, you can meet several needs with one piece of furniture. Many of us have pets and small children and we need to isolate the kitchen trash - why not find an island with trash storage? Additionally, if you incorporate a cutting board, you can chop and merely push your kitchen garbage right into your trash without all the hassle of counter cleanup. Kitchen islands make sense if you need additional storage or workspace.