Small kitchens can compete with larger ones in terms of their style and functionality.
All you need is just some knowledge on how to design them to make the most out of your kitchen space. There are plenty of space-saving solutions that can make even the most compact space extremely useful without compromising on its look. All it takes is just thinking it all through before you have your kitchen done. Read on and discover the most useful tips for making your small kitchen feel almost just like a large one!
Consider the size of the kitchen appliances
If you don’t plan on cooking for a military squad nor a big family, consider buying smaller-sized kitchen appliances. Let’s face it – you won’t use that six-burner stove anyways. But choosing smaller appliances shouldn’t mean forgetting about high-quality ones. Even high-end brands like Bertazzoni and Viking have some smaller appliances in their product range. And if you are after a vintage styled kitchen, consider investing in vintage-looking appliances which are either new and just designed to reflect past decades or authentic and renewed.
Think about your sink
In a truly tiny kitchen, opting for a sink with just one bowl is often a necessity, but if you want to save up on space, consider opting for this solution even if you have enough of it for fitting into it a regular sink. It will give you a lot more space to work on. But if you don’t consider incorporating a dishwasher and cook a lot, that might be not the best option for you. That’s why you should opt for a regular sink, but pick a undermount one, which will save you a few inches of space, as the edges of the sink will be concealed with the countertop. And to save up on space even more, think about buying an articulated faucet, which will give you more flexibility to fit in large pots into your sink.
Make use of the walls
Storage space doesn’t mean refraining yourself to using only cupboards. Take a look around your kitchen and try to find some wall on which you can put some racks. A nice idea is to have an entire wall for it and paint it black to hide any scratch marks. And for knives, opt for a magnetic rack which is the most useful one for storing them. Opting for racks will save you not only some serious space but also time as you will have all your most-used items always within reach. Using this solution, you can also store bigger items, like pots and pans.
Opt for pullout drawers
To maximise the space that you use, opt for a pullout drawer, with metal-caged sides that will allow you to quickly find what you need. This solution is irreplaceable for thin and tall spaces.
Pick floor-to-ceiling cabinets
This way of designing your kitchen cabinets may seem a little too over-the-top at first, but believe me, even storage space that isn’t very easily accessible, may prove its worth in small kitchens. It’s also a great way to make the entire kitchen look bigger.
Limit your stuff
That can be pretty ruthless, but that’s exactly the mindset you should adopt in order to truly save up on space in a small kitchen. Make it a rule that you don’t keep stuff that you haven’t been using for a while. Limit yourself only to the things that you really need and enjoy the freed up storage space!
Consider ditching the door
As open plan apartments are becoming more and more popular, ditching the kitchen door doesn’t seem so controversial anymore and is also a great way to expand the working area in your kitchen, so even cooking with your significant other will feel like a breeze. And if you’re into changes that require a bit more work, think about getting rid of the wall between the kitchen and the adjacent room to merge those two interiors. This way you’ll be even able to expand the kitchen even further.
Make the most out of your kitchen island
If your kitchen is big enough for incorporating an island in it, go for it. And if you do, be sure that you reap all the benefits. You can opt for an island which is full of useful drawers or one which is more like a table and will let you keep chairs tucked under it and serve as some dining space when you need it to.
Invest in a kitchen cart
If your kitchen is too small for a kitchen island, you can still get some of the benefits of having one by buying a kitchen cart. You’ll gain extra work space as well as some storage options. And when your kitchen will feel too crowded, you can easily put the cart out of your way. And when guests arrive, you can use it as an extra buffet table. Given the huge variety of different models, you don’t have to worry about finding one that will suit your needs. Cutting board tops, hooks for utensils, shelves are all among the most popular features that kitchen carts have to offer.
Some of the kitchen appliances are usually more popular in their detached versions, but when you really want to save us much space as you can, consider opting for built-in appliances. You’ll be amazed by how much more space you can have if you decide to build in your microwave or a coffee maker.
In tiny kitchens, every bit of space counts, so focusing on the details is really worth it. When picking your hardware, go for a modern, minimalistic look, which will create a sleek and spacious feel. It tight spaces big knobs may be really irritating when you keep knocking into them.
Store your kitchen stuff in other rooms
Sometimes, even after you get rid of half of your cooking items, it’s still hard to find some place to store them in your kitchen. That’s why it’s worth to think outside the box and put some of them in the other parts of your house. For example, you can easily keep some of your dishes in the living room as you won’t need the majority of them on everyday basis anyways. And if you like to have some dry food stores, think about storing them outside the kitchen too.
Make use of the corners
Corners usually take some creativity to use them properly, but they surely are worth it. Drawers that match corner shape, some useful built-in or cleverly placed sink or cookstove can give the entire space a stellar makeover.
Make use of your oven
Remember how Carrie Bradshaw used to use her oven to keep clothes in? Well, you can follow her footsteps and use yours to store some of your pans and other kitchen items. It’s one of those clever life hacks that are both easy and extremely useful!
Keep it clean
In small kitchens, it’s extremely important to clean everything on a regular basis. Otherwise, you risk having piles of dirty dishes stacked up all over the small enough space.
Store things according to how and when you need them
Some stuff in the kitchen you will need rather rarely while other things will be needed to have within reach at any given moment. While planning your storage space and organising things, keep that simple rule in mind to save yourself time and effort.
Use a bathtub
Yes, you’ve read correctly, if you just can’t find any other way to store dirty dishes during a party, put them in your bathtub and pull the curtain. This might feel a bit weird, but it surely is a lifesaving solution!
Make use of your cabinets’ doors
When every inch of space counts, it’s worth to think about investing in solutions like a basket that hooks onto the cabinet’s door from the inside giving you some more of precious storage options.
Use magnetic racks on your fridge
To make the most out of your fridge, buy some magnetic racks which you can use for storing spices or other small stuff.
Place your cutting board elsewhere to get more space
Consider investing in a cutting board which can be placed on top of your sink or on the unused burners of your cookstove. It’s a great temporary solution when you need some serious cooking space.
Invest in a folding kitchen table
If you need some dining space in your kitchen but can’t fit in a regular island or a table, think about incorporating a folding table, which when not needed will fit closely to the wall.
Hang the drying rack on the wall
Drying dishes can take a lot of space if you place them on the countertop, but to truly save up on space, consider hanging a drying rack on the wall as it is a true lifesaver in tiny kitchens. Just be sure to protect the space underneath it from the water.
Make use of the space under the ceiling
Large racks placed hanging from the ceiling aren’t only for fancy and spacious kitchens. They are the perfect solution for storing your pans and pots and having easy access to them. They also are really stylish, especially when you use them to showcase your set of stainless steel pots.
I hope I’ve inspired you to make the most out of your kitchen. And even if yours is rather big, you can still use some of these tips to increase the functionality and make the entire cooking process much more efficient. How about you? Do you know any clever solutions for saving kitchen space that I might have missed? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas!