If you only have a tiny kitchen to work with, don’t despair. You can still have a kitchen to be proud of, one that looks fantastic and that works for your household. All it takes is a little clever design planning, using space-saving ideas to make the most of every inch.
Here are just 8 of the many things you can do to enhance a teeny tiny kitchen:
Storage is one of the biggest issues in a small kitchen, but bulky cupboards can shrink the space even more. A better idea is open shelving right up to the ceiling, allowing you to store and access everything easily while ensuring that the space still feels light and open.
2.Fold down or pull out worktops
Another challenge in a tiny kitchen is worktop space – there’s just never enough. You can overcome this with extra worktop hidden away in a drawer or on the wall. When not in use, it takes up no extra space. As soon as you need some extra worktop space for prep, simply pull out or down.
If space is tight, make your furniture items do two jobs. A great example of this is a wall-mounted or fold-down worktop which also doubles up as a table with two stools underneath.
Items like sinks and dishwashers can take up far too much room in a small kitchen, and they’ll also be out of proportion. Scale down these fixtures, opting for a mini size that fits better in the space.
5.Build into the wall
One of the biggest trends in kitchen design at the moment is hideaway storage, a wall of units hidden behind smooth panels. This gives you lots of storage but avoids the cluttered look that can be a real problem in small kitchens.
6.Slim down countertops.
If your kitchen is narrow, make one of your counters slimmer to free up space in the centre of the room. This gives you space for prep and for casual dining but without shrinking down the usable floor space.
Wall-mounted storage such as magnetic knife racks and utensil hangers offer lots of space-saving benefits. If you don’t have drawers and need everything within easy reach, these solutions are ideal. What’s more, they keep everything off the worktops making it easier to clean and de-clutter.
It may cost a little more, but getting custom shelves, units and cabinetry made to fit the exact dimensions of the room can help you make the most of every inch of space. It’ll also stop units feeling like they’ve been squeezed into a space that is too small.
Remember that the fit is even more important in a tiny kitchen. With space so limited, everything is on display so there’s nowhere to hide a messy finish. Choose an expert kitchen fitter such as A&J Kitchens for a pristine finish – a team with lots of experience with kitchens of all sizes.