Islands have come a long way from the bulky rectangles of the past. Sure, added counter space, storage underneath, even an extra sink, were all benefits to a large island, but now the options are endless. From dark oak planks to traditional maple spindles, scratched and worn antiques to stainless steel bases and marble tops, islands are as versatile as dining tables. Plus, using a table instead of a permanent island allows you to move it around or transport it with a move. And for us — besides the obvious benefit of added counter space — the casual, country feel of an antique table adds an element of charm and character that we can't get enough of.