When it comes to kitchen size, is bigger always better? If you have optimized your kitchen design and storage space, you many be just fine with a smaller sized kitchen. The article below is a guest post on the subject of how to make the most of your kitchen space. At the end of the day if you determine you do indeed need a larger kitchen space, please make sure to develop a detailed design plan BEFORE embarking upon a remodel. Good planning and hiring professionals to assist you in the design and implementation phase will save you time and money and a lot of head aches. S Interior Design adds their ‘2 cents’ shown in blue color font.
How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Space
It seems like there’s never enough room in the kitchen. Between accumulating extra kitchen tools and to learning how to make extravagant recipes, you likely need extra space. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most commonly remodeled room in the home, and homeowners are constantly looking for new kitchen layout ideas. Transforming your entire kitchen takes time if you want to do it right. In the meantime, there are simple steps you can take to make the most out of your small kitchen.
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Get Rid of the Clutter
Nothing makes cooking more difficult than a cluttered kitchen. Store unused appliances into cabinets to free up counter space so you can cook properly. Having a set system in place can make using and storing small appliances easy so you aren’t left scrambling to make room at the last minute.
Go Up–It can strain your back to lift heavier appliances down from higher cabinets or up from low cabinets. There are products that you can retrofit existing cabinets with to address this issue. Check out Rev-A-Shelf for ideas.
Some home cooks face a dilemma if they need to use multiple appliances in a small kitchen. If you lack cabinet space, one solution is to temporarily store your appliances on top of the cabinets. This way you can take them down and use the tools when needed, but still have counter space.
Knock Out Useless Storage
Cabinets can be your best friend when it comes to storing your kitchen goods, but when left unused, they can actually take up space. Knock out any cabinets you aren’t using. You can either leave them open as storage shelves, or take out the whole unit for extra counter space.
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Create Extra Storage
On the other hand, a lack of storage may be your problem. If fine dishes and other less commonly used items are taking up space, move them out of the kitchen. Use a china cabinet or wall storage in an adjoining room instead. For other less commonly used kitchen tools, such as Christmas tableware, consider moving it into storage until the season comes.
Remove Excess Furniture
Islands, stools and chairs can be useful in the kitchen. If you don’t use them often, however, it may be time to downsize to open up more space in the room. Consider replacing the furniture with smaller versions, or taking them out altogether.
Knock Out a Wall–Please do not knock down any walls before you know the structural implications!
If your kitchen is starting to become a little too claustrophobic for your liking, you can solve this problem by taking out an extra wall. The most common wall to take out is the one that separates the sink area to the dining area or family room. Not only will you create a sense of openness, but you can also add additional counter space on the other side of the room.
Use a Fresh Color—Make sure to use a washable paint finish in the kitchen regardless of the color chosen. If you do choose to have a lighter paint on the kitchen walls, you can still add color with the back splash tiles, window treatments, kitchen accessories and on the floor.
In some cases, a kitchen might feel small, but the size is actually quite decent. If you are looking for a way to instantly make your kitchen look bigger, consider painting it a light color. Light pastels, beige and white are all good candidates. Before buying white appliances to match, know that your modern stainless steel dishwasher, oven and refrigerator can match any paint color.
Sara Fletcher is a professional blogger who writes on a variety of topics, ranging from home improvement, décor, and design. She loves to learn about sprucing up her home, and is always looking for the next writing opportunity.
2 thoughts on “How to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Space”
Kitchens are food processing centers. There is no need to think of them otherwise. Everything from the cabinets to the appliances can be accommodated by wall panels and hidden out of site, while monstrous exhaust hoods are replaced by powerful silent linear slits in the ceiling (often hidden in a cove). Without the bother of obtrusive kitchen paraphernalia getting in the way, peninsulas, or islands can be “by design” social gathering areas — without the kitchen itself being the focal point.
When treated this way, the extra space where the kitchen was, can finally become the center of the home — without becoming evident, until of course when it is needed.
Hello and thank you for your comments. I definitely agree with your perspective in fact just designed an elliptical shaped island with a cooktop in it with these very thoughts in mind.