Designing a new kitchen is an interesting and satisfying project to undertake; there’s nothing like relaxing in your perfect bedroom after a project is done and enjoying the fruits of all that hard work. However, the design can also present some problems, especially if you have a smaller kitchen to work with.
The key to this is integrating a few tips and tricks to help save your own space where you can, and because we’re beautiful, we’ve rounded them up for you here:
Take advantage of the walls
After they have filled all of their kitchen cupboards, many people will choose to fill up the counter space. However, we don’t know why; there’s a really nice wall in there, ready to go! Make use of hooks and shelves to store cutlery, spice pots, and all the other small accessories – you’ll be amazed how much bigger your kitchen looks if you don’t take up too much counter space. This also applies to knives – that classic knife block is a real space sucker. Get a shelf and put the knife against the wall along with the others!
Use seats that can be stored
One of the best ways to save space in a smaller kitchen – especially if you’re trying to incorporate an island – is to use a countertop with stools, and chairs that slide under the counter when not in use. You will be amazed by how much space this can give you. It also means that if you’re over the sink for a longer period of time, you’ll have a choice of nearby seats (if you so desire)!
Take advantage of your angle
In a smaller kitchen, any wasted space is a sin, and corner cabinets in particular are often an absolute waste. The best way to utilize the space is to buy a lazy Susan, whether used as additional shelf space to store pots and pans, or simply as a trash can for your recycling bin. Either way, you’d better make the most of the space that’s there! In the case of counter tops, a great way to take advantage of a corner is to actually install your sink there – you’ll be amazed at how much additional counter-top space you’ll provide throughout the kitchen.
Go for smaller equipment
Unless you regularly cook for a large number of people, then there’s really no need to install large, family-sized appliances. If you really want a dishwasher, that’s fine: but consider a smaller one – the same goes for stoves and cheap fridge freezers. Using a smaller size on some of these appliances will leave you with more free space than you might think.
Add extra space here and there
One of the keys to making the best of a small bespoke kitchen is creating a space that seems like nothing. For example, if you have an island in the middle of the room, why not install a small wine cellar or extra cabinets in it? Alternatively, you can use it as a small drawer. A few of these minor fittings and adjustments will give you enough space to keep a clean countertop, which is still a great way to give the impression of space in a smaller kitchen.