Moe Saadeh / HOME IMPROVEMENTS / 28th April 2016
When designing the layout of a smaller kitchen, you do not have to sacrifice style for function. By following these five simple tips, you can turn a small, dated space into one that will surely be enjoyed by the whole family.
Choose an Open Plan Layout
One of the primary goals when working with a smaller area is to create the illusion of space. When working with small kitchens, it is always a good idea to consider following an open plan layout. Open plan kitchens make any space, regardless of its size, feel open and more free-flowing. Open plan kitchens are also easier to navigate around if you’re short on space.
We all know the benefits of having adequate storage in the kitchen and in smaller spaces, storage is essential. Correct storage will ensure you get the most use out of every single inch available. Consider using a mix of cabinets among other forms of space saving solutions in order to fully maximise the useable space. Smaller kitchens are usually short on countertop space, so having sufficient room for larger appliances to be stored away will improve its functionality.
Make Use of Wasted Space
When designing a small space, it is important to fully make use of all the space available to you. Make use of wasted space such as empty walls to boost storage, this can be done by installing shelving units or display cabinets. Also, ensure you utilise corner spaces with bespoke cupboard options. Try to be creative when creating space by asking yourself the following questions – Is there room for overhead storage? Are all cupboards and drawers being used to their maximum potential?
Carefully Consider Placement
When planning the configuration of a small kitchen, it is paramount to get the placement of larger items such as the refrigerator or dishwasher correct. Clever placement of larger items will allow better access to them and help your kitchen feel considerably larger. You also want to ensure that you create countertop space close to your major appliances so that you are able to prepare food without having to move around the area frequently. Even though there is less area to cover in a small kitchen, you still want the design and layout to be as functional as possible.
Don’t Overpower the Space
If you’re trying to create the illusion of more space in a kitchen, then it’s a good idea to try and buy the most compact appliances available. Although this tip seems obvious, many people overlook buying smaller items and instead buy pieces that dominate a small space. It is also important to think carefully about what needs to be included in your kitchen, stick with the essentials and endeavour to keep the space uncluttered.