How to make the most out of a small kitchen​ 

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Our kitchen is long and narrow. It's not ideal for a family of four and quite often I find myself knocking into things or having to navigate around Zach or the other half with Oscar in my arms. What I wouldn't do for a big kitchen with a lovely island but we'd have to have a whole extension done for that and whilst it's something we are considering, it's a long way off of actually happening, if it ever does. 

There’s no getting around the fact that small kitchens aren’t ideal in busy households like ours, but with a few simple design tricks, it is possible to make the most of every square inch available in this part of your home. Here are some suggestions to get you started. 

Be savvy with your corner storage 
Corners are often wasted spaces in kitchens, but the addition of the right units and accessories can help you take full advantage of these awkward areas. For example, rather than relying on a basic cupboard setup, you can invest in systems that make it easier to access your pots, pans, food and anything else you might keep in your cabinets. The specialist website highlights the fact that wirework pull-out baskets or carousels can be particularly effective if you’re keen to take full advantage of your corner storage solutions. 

Use full-height cabinets 
Rather than opting for regular wall units, why not go for full-height designs that stretch right up to your ceiling? This will help ensure you utilise the vertical space available. Just make sure that you put the things you use least at the top of these units where they’re harder to reach and keep your essentials close to hand lower down. 

Consider squeezing in a small breakfast bar 
In a small kitchen, a dining table might be out of the question. But if you want a surface where you and your kids can sit down to tuck into meals and snacks, there is another option. By sacrificing a couple of floor units, you can convert part of your countertop into a compact breakfast bar complete with stools tucked neatly away underneath. 

Fit an undermount sink 
Traditional on-counter sinks with draining boards can take up a lot of worktop space. So, rather than opting for these designs, why not consider fitting an under-mount model instead? These fully integrated sinks give you a flat draining area and they extend the amount of usable surface space on offer. They also look great, helping to give your kitchen a modern, chic look and feel. 

Fit pegs and rods into your walls 
By adding pegs and rods to free sections of wall space, you can pack even more storage into your kitchen. These accessories can accommodate virtually anything with a handle, from pans and mugs to oven mitts. As well as freeing up cupboard space, they ensure that lots of your cooking essentials are close to hand. 

Move crockery and glassware to a dresser 
Given that space is at a premium in your cooking area, it may make sense to move some of your kitchen essentials to a dresser unit in your dining room or lounge. These pieces of furniture are perfect for housing crockery, cutlery and glassware and they can make an attractive feature in living or dining rooms. 

Make sure it’s fresh and bright 
To give your kitchen an airy, spacious and inviting look, it’s a good idea to go for a light and fresh colour scheme. Make the most of any natural light too by keeping window dressings minimal, and include plenty of artificial illuminations, such as under-counter spotlights.   

You might be surprised by how much of a difference design tweaks like these can make to your cooking space. With a little imagination, you could transform this part of your home into a more attractive and practical room that you and your family love spending time in.  


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  • Reply RachelSwirl

    I can't wait to be able to afford a new kitchen and put some of these design tips into action.

    March 26, 2017 at 12:27 am
  • Reply Amy @ Arty apple

    Some great tips in here!

    March 28, 2017 at 10:50 am
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