When it comes to your kitchen, most of us dream of a large, spacious room that is more than capable of accommodating all of the appliances, utensils, and accessories that we could possibly need. For many of us, however, this simply isn’t possible, and we have to make the best of the kitchen space we have.
But, if your kitchen is somewhat on the small size, that doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style, storage, and organisation – far from it! Which? Trusted Traders has endorsed kitchen installers and interior designers who can help you make the most of your available space.
Here are our top 10 space saving tips for small kitchens:
Floor to ceiling cabinets
When space is an issue, you should definitely consider taking your cabinets all the way up to the ceiling – after all, when your cabinets stop just above reach height, there’s so much wasted space just crying out to be utilised. Even if you can’t access these higher shelves easily, they still make a great storage space for those items that you use less frequently.
And, as well as creating more space to store all of your kitchen essentials, taking your cabinets all the way up to ceiling height will also help to visually expand the space.
The majority of kitchens have at least some corners within their design- whether they are created by the natural shape of the room or the cabinet design. But all too often, corner space goes to waste. But there are so many design tricks and storage solutions out there that will help you to reclaim this space. Think about built in encroaches, corner cabinets, and lazy Susan, as well as corner appliances.
Remove the door
Taking away your kitchen door will instantly help to make the room feel much more spacious. As well as looking great, this will also create some much-needed extra space for you to move around in.
Choose your appliances wisely
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, one way to save space is on appliances – after all, they can take up a significant proportion of your available space. Think about how you most frequently use your kitchen – do you really need a double oven? Would a smaller dishwasher accommodate your needs?
Single bowl sink
A single bowl sink takes up far less space than a double bowl sink, but actually gives the impression of being more spacious.
If you have an island in your kitchen, make sure you make full use of its potential storage space. For example, why not integrate storage shelves underneath the island? Or build shelves into the sides?
Put it on wheels
If your kitchen isn’t big enough for island, why not integrate a rolling island instead. Relatively compact in size, an island that is mounted on wheels will not only create lots of extra storage and a handy space to chop and prepare food, it can also be moved around your room so as not to impose on your limited space.
Let there be light!
Light is renowned for its ability to inject a feeling of additional space into a room. So make sure that there is plenty of light in your kitchen, particularly when it comes to under-cabinet lighting. This will not only open up the room and make it feel more spacious, it will also allow you to utilise the space underneath your cabinets far more effectively.
Hooks, hooks, and more hooks
Hooks are a great tool for creating extra storage space in your small kitchen. Simply install the hooks wherever there’s space, and you’ll be able to hang pans, utensils, and even oven gloves.
Magnetic knife racks
A magnetic knife rack can be attached to any wall or even the side of a cabinet, allowing you to store you knives and freeing up your draw space for other essentials.
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