Kitchens are an important room in any home and somewhere you’re likely to spend a lot of your time. When it comes to buying and selling property, a well-designed kitchen can make or break it for many, so even if you are challenged for space, it makes sense to make the most of what you have. If you live in a flat or smaller home where the kitchen is also small, there are things you can do to make the most of what layout you do have and design and decoration ideas that give the illusion of more space too.
A few small tweaks can make a small kitchen feel much bigger, as well as getting the most functionality out of what space you do have. If you have a door that opens into a kitchen for instance, that’s taking up space you can’t afford, so consider taking it off and replacing with a sliding door, curtain or leaving it open to create an airier feel, adding to the illusion of extra space. In terms of functionality, you may be pushed to fit in a breakfast nook or central island, but you could plan in a peninsula or breakfast bar that can also be used as worktop space.
Clever storage is a must in a small kitchen. Wall mounted cupboards are standard in most kitchens now but are an absolute must when competing for space. So, look up and use your walls for storage as well as standing floor units with work surfaces along the top. Over doing it with boxy cupboards can make a small space feel even more enclosed however, so using a combination of units, shelves and hanging racks for pots and pans can be a great solution for small kitchens, helping to create a bit of style and interest too. Corner cupboards with rotating shelves or pull-out drawers are also excellent space savers.
Slim line sizes
If budget allows, consider switching for customised sizes for smaller kitchens. For example, you can get work surfaces as small as 30cm as opposed to the standard 60cm, just keep in mind that cupboards and sinks will all need to fit the space too. Things like dishwashers, washing machines and cookers come in smaller, more narrow sizes too which might be more appropriate for the space you have yet still be functional if you are living alone or as a couple.
Gadgets and kitchenware
Get rid of the clutter that makes your small kitchen feel even smaller and unworkable. A few well-chosen, multi-purpose gadgets and kitchenware items that you use often should be all you need. You can then donate or give away anything surplus or store it elsewhere for occasions when you might need it.
The right lighting can make the difference between a dinky kitchen that’s dark and unwelcoming and one that is cute and cosy. If you don’t have a window, make the most of artificial light under wall-mounted cupboards and overhead lights – daylight effect LEDs have the most uplifting, natural effect.