Kitchen islands are a very common solution in modern apartments. With a few hints they can be even more practical.
#1 Extra storage space for books
#2 Giving a new life to an old chest of drawers
#3 How about a slide-out top for kids?
#4 A desk might also work. Mobile islands are really practical
#5 This one will fit even a really small kitchen
#6 A very smart combination with a kitchen table
#7 It’s not just beds and tables you can use wooden pallets for
#8 An island and a table in one
#9 Not even an inch of space can be wasted