Having a large kitchen may be a popular choice for most homeowners, but I still fall in love with small kitchens that sparkle with efficiency and style. One of our clients has been looking to increase the efficiency within his small kitchen, and below are a few tips I have been offering for his design:
Define the Space
Don’t try and make a small kitchen serve too many functions. For instance, eliminate or move the junk drawer, and don’t make the kitchen serve as a place for bills, junk mail, homework assignments and odds and ends. If your object is to make it a cooking center, concentrate on that goal. If possible, allow some seating, even if it’s just a couple of stools pulled up to a counter for guests. It’s always great to have some company in the kitchen.
Use a combination of built-in storage pieces with several free-standing pieces and open shelving. While standard kitchen cabinets may make good use of space, top-to-bottom built-ins can often make a small kitchen feel a bit claustrophobic. You can use closed cabinets underneath counters and utilize open shelving, storage bars, hooks and pot racks on top. By incorporating some open storage, your kitchen will be convenient for the cook who likes to make a quick grab for a needed pot or utensil.
Clear Counter Surfaces
If surface is limited, don’t leave the microwave, coffee maker and toaster on the counter. Consider keeping the appliances on a moveable industrial cart, on an open shelf or in a pantry cupboard. It’s also a good idea to decide if you really need each of these appliances. So, if you only use your bread machine occasionally, store it between uses in a bottom cabinet, a countertop appliance garage or in a storage area outside the kitchen.