Designing a small kitchen can be a challenging task, but with a little thought and some expert tips, you can create an effective, functional, and ergonomic space to be proud of. As there is a lack of good advice for small kitchen owners, we have combined our own knowledge and experience with that of a kitchen designer to offer some great tips on how to make the best use of your limited working space.
Proper planning is essential, and knowing how to measure the area and heights correctly to use the space without overcrowding your design is crucial. Making good use of modern accessories to minimize work effort in the kitchen is another important consideration. Kitchen islands, dining tables, and larger appliances may not be possible in your small kitchen design, but there are many excellent options that can provide you with a satisfactory outcome.
Tall pull-out larders, carousels, and tall integrated appliance housings are among a wide range of kitchen components that can provide practical space-saving solutions for limited kitchen spaces. Narrow kitchens that cannot accommodate a two-sided galley kitchen layout can be adapted by using reduced-depth kitchen cabinets on one side. If your kitchen is situated on one level only, smaller width doors incorporated into the design will provide you with more space while working in the kitchen.
If you are a cook who uses fresh ingredients, consider maximizing your countertop area while reducing your refrigerator space. An under-counter refrigerator with a smaller freezer compartment will fulfill your needs better if you prefer using fresh ingredients daily to put your culinary skills to the test. However, if your skills lie more in putting frozen ready-cooked meals in the oven, then your needs too can be accommodated in a small kitchen space with right cooks utilizing.
Mini or compact kitchens are available from a growing number of niche manufacturers, and for some, such as the rotating pod kitchen, you do not require a wall for installation. Other examples are compact kitchen kits designed for placement on a single level.
Design solutions and examples of these are covered in the continuation post, which provides mini kitchen owners with various options and tips to suit their needs.
If you have been left confused about where to start, what to choose, or how best to achieve effective design in a small kitchen, then you will be well-served by taking some of these small kitchen ideas on board before you head to the High Street. You can also check out our website for more kitchen design ideas and space-saving solutions.
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