The kitchen can be the busiest and most used part of a home, but not every house is blessed with a large space for cooking and entertaining. If you have a small kitchen and you’re looking at revamping it, you’d probably like to try to increase the space available to you, both to make the room more practical and to make it look bigger. Here are a few ideas to help you maximise space when refurbishing your small kitchen.
1. Cabinets, Shelves and Storage
Cabinets offer you storage space, but when they stick out of the walls, especially at head height, they can really feel like they are encroaching upon your space. If you have high ceilings and don’t mind stretching or grabbing a chair, you could put some cabinets at the very top of your wall where the space is unused and they won’t seem so obstructive.
Failing that, you may want to consider open shelving instead of cabinets. This gives you storage space without looking too big – but you might have to be picky about what you put up there to prevent it from looking cluttered.
You can also reduce how many things you have in cabinets or taking up space on your counters by using wall-mounted knife strips, utensil rails, overhead pot racks, and so on.
2. Light and Bright Style
To make a small kitchen look bigger, use light, bright and reflective surfaces. Think white walls and cabinets, glossy lacquer finishes, mirrored backsplashes and glass door cabinets.
3. Downsized Appliances
It’s not all about making the room look bigger, but about making it more practical and easy to use. So consider installing a smaller sink and slimline appliances such as dishwashers and freezers. If you need your under-counter space for cupboards, perhaps you could invest in a smaller, countertop fridge. It depends on what you’re using your kitchen for and where you need the most space or storage.
When you’re thinking about the layout of your room, the appliances you need and their sizes, remember to also think about the amount of space you will need for standing and moving around, and what would make your time in the kitchen easier in terms of what to put where.
4. Merge Kitchen and Diner
If your kitchen and dining room are next to each other but in separate rooms, consider thinking bigger. Turning the two rooms into one could give you more space and open up the rooms. You could even put a breakfast bar in between them, acting as a separator for the two rooms while giving you more counter space and a casual place to sit and eat.
5. Move Out
No, we don’t mean move out of your house – we’re not thinking quite that drastically! But consider whether there are any appliances that you could move out of the kitchen and put somewhere else. Your kitchen doesn’t necessarily have to be all things to all people. Sometimes you need to accept a small room for what it is and only use it for one or two things – the most important probably being food preparation. For example, could you put your washing machine or freezer in a different room, such as a utility room or garage? Moving things around and thinking about your house as a whole could help you to free up some space, especially when your kitchen layout is limiting your options in terms of how much you can change.
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