Just because your kitchen is small does not mean that you have to sacrifice style or functionality. With planning, you can fit everything you really need into a small kitchen and create a practical compact working area that you will enjoy using. Here are our top tips for creating a great kitchen workspace in a small area.
Many well-known, trusted appliance manufacturers offer smaller-sized cookers, fridges, and washing machines. Look for models that have similar power and performance figures to larger models – it is worth paying a little more to get quality appliances that function equally as well as their larger versions. Built-in appliances are a great way to maximise the space you have available.
If you think it impossible to get used to using just one bowl, you might be surprised. A single bowl unit takes up far less room than a double one, thus increasing your available countertop space. You may have to modify the way you wash up, but you will appreciate the extra worktop space much more than you’ll miss the other sink. Save even more space by choosing an under-mounted sink, which can provide you with a few more precious inches of working area.
Make sure you choose an adequately shaped, conveniently sized tap for your single sink. Look for one that takes up as small an amount of space to fit as possible. You might want to consider one that has an extendable pull-out hose – which are particularly useful for filling buckets or large saucepans which might not fit under the tap in a small sink.
Avoid high-mounted cabinets in a small kitchen. These can feel claustrophobic and overbearing. Instead, use open shelves and hanging racks up high. These will look great, create an airy feel, and give you plenty of storage space for crockery, cookware, and glasses. The current industrial style trend is a great way to make more space with interesting metal racks and shelves.
Pull-out drawer-style cupboards are a great way to make the most of your storage space– no more crawling on the floor trying to see what is in the depths of your low-down cupboards. Simply slide out the drawer, and you can see everything stored neatly within. Custom-built pull-out shelving can take advantage of spaces as narrow as 20-cm.
Handles and knobs
You can really save yourself a lot of space by choosing integrated handle grooves or a handle-free design for your cabinets. Sticking out knobs and handles take up space and mean you have to navigate yourself around them in your small space.
Your kitchen will need to be of a certain size to consider a freestanding island. If you do have room for an island, it can be a really practical and convenient workspace. It can also be used as a breakfast bar with stools that slot tidily underneath, freeing up the need for cumbersome table and chair sets.
Choose bright white lighting and light-coloured appliances to make your kitchen look larger. Paint the walls in pale colours which merge gently into the ceiling colour.
Getting rid of clutter is a good idea in any space but is vital in a small kitchen. Try to minimalise the appliances and accessories that you need. Keep your counter space tidy, have a place for everything and always put the item back where it should go after use.
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