A 3-level kitchen island made this food prep space extra functional

Vintage triple-decker kitchen island from the 1960s
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While this creative kitchen design is from 1962, it addressed several problems we still have all these decades later: there’s never quite enough room in our kitchens, and the space we do have isn’t always used the best possible way.

For example, do you find that sometimes, spice jars and utensils get in the way of everything? Or maybe you keep having to go back and forth to get what you need to cook dinner or bake cookies?

Similar to some restaurant kitchens, this retro home’s 3-level kitchen island existed because there was a two-sided shelving unit on top of the main workspace — right in the center of activity — which eliminated that kind of run-around.

SEE MORE: 16 kitchen islands: Home inspiration from the 60s

Souffles or sandwiches — fixing snacks or full meals could be fun in this efficiently-arranged kitchen from the sixties. The island work counter actually stretched the space allotted to the room, yet it saved steps, too.

The decorating scheme on this 3-level kitchen island was unusual but attractive. Its countertop had a dark blue pattern on the light blue work surface, while the two-level shelving addition was covered in light blue Formica.

Aligned with the island, a peninsula separated the kitchen from the dining area/family room. The pale blue cabinets on this part of the room were uniquely decorated with mod medallions in blue and gold.

Vintage triple-decker kitchen island from the 1960s
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