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patz Dec 18, 2006 01:23 AM

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good kitchen cart for under $300? I'd prefer one with a wood or even stainless steel top, as well as space for pans, etc. I also need a place to store my cookbooks, would it be best to get a separate bookshelf for those or do the carts usually have enough space and height for cookbooks? I saw some at Ikea and the Container Store websites, but am unsure of the quality. Thanks!

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    Buckethead Dec 18, 2006 01:28 PM

    I have an IKEA FORHOJA kitchen trolley, $80 and it's quite solid, all hardwood construction. The top is about 40 x 16 inches, with two drawers and two shelves underneath. I store my cast iron on the bottom shelf to keep it from moving (it has two wheels). It has exceeded my expectations for such an inexpensive piece.

    1. RShea78 Dec 18, 2006 05:28 AM

      I got to ask... Kitchen cart or something closer to a portable island that you can do some kitchen prep off of?

      A good friend set me up with a ready to assemble 36" wide kitchen sink base with the open back side, set up for a cook book shelf. Base ran $150, wheel kit $30, and $60 for a Formica back-splash top. (Top not cut out for a sink, as it is a work surface) Wood for shelving and bracing was under $25. Later I pulled the dummy drawer fronts and had the drawers made up. I probably have $300 invested in the project, and would not trade it for any of them pricy John Boos like island carts. I have to add that cutting was done by my local Home Depot, as I do not have a saw.

      Is a wire cart in mind? shelving.com carries some wire shelving carts for under $200 for some rather long 3 shelf carts. (72") More practical length 3 shelf carts are in the under $150 category. Call them if a solid shelf or cart is prefered.

      As far as those in catalogs its a buyers market. One cart can run $500 at place "A" while it can run as low as $150 at place "B". It pays dearly to throughly shop unless money is no object. Shipping is another varable to be careful on.

      1. revsharkie Dec 18, 2006 02:37 AM

        I have one that came out of the JCPenney catalog for like $150. It does the job. Has a drop-leaf, a handle on the end that can be a paper towel holder if needed (I don't use it for that because a paper towel roll hanging in the middle of the room like that is an irresistible temptation for the Insane Kitten Posse), a knife/utensil rack--although the utensil hole in it is too deep and so the spoons & stuff would fall in if I used it for that; what I have in it instead is a tall pepper mill, turned upside down.

        This thing has a shallow drawer that I use for utensils and hotpads, although I would imagine it would work for spices, too. It also has a cabinet with a shelf, where I keep my big stockpots, the lids to all my pots & pans, a vegetable steamer, and an egg poacher.

        This cart has locking wheels and has a wood top, although it looks to me to be too flimsy (and too finished) to use as a cutting board, so I took the pull-out cutting board from my cabinet, which was clear across the room from the stove, and put it on top. I know you can get them with stainless-steel tops, too, though.

        It may not be expensive, may not be the most high-quality piece of furniture ever, but it makes my very poorly laid-out kitchen usable.

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