How to Make the Most of Your Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen

January 9, 2019

Big kitchens can be a bit of a pipe dream, especially for people living in the UK with smaller homes, or those living in urban areas. Many of us, therefore, have to live with kitchens on the smaller side than the ones you see in blogs and magazines with built in banquet seating and an island that overlooks a dining area. You have to be on the ball when thinking about kitchen design in London.

To make the most of your small kitchen, start by thinking about how you use your space and where everything needs to be as this will help you decide what sort of storage you require. For example, it’s best to store items by how often they’re used, so make sure that everyday dishes are on an easy-to-reach lower shelf with special-occasion pieces higher up.

If you would like to learn how to make the most of your small kitchen, read on.

How to make the most of your small kitchen

Worktops

Kitchens become easily cluttered whilst preparing food and using all of your utensils to make tasty meals for you and your family. A kitchen should be a functional space and therefore, uninterrupted worktops create and an illusion of more space while proving a practical area for you to cook and bake.

If you are able to position a table parallel to the worktop, you could even use it as a second food preparation area. If you have no room for a table, consider sacrificing a few cabinets to squeeze in a small breakfast bar. This free-standing countertop ledge is a neat way of ensuring seated eating without adding bulk to the slight space.

Cabinets

An abundance of cabinets in a tiny kitchen can cause a room to feel claustrophobic. Narrow spaces need to have neat cabinets to draw the eye forward so that it can emphasise the length of the room. Large drawers are also an effective replacement to cabinet doors. They are extremely easy to access and are able to store pans and big items which may take up space on a counter surface.

Appliances

It is imperative that you carefully place your kitchen appliances within your kitchen space in order to improve the flow of the kitchen. The concept of the kitchen work triangle is worth considering – the sink, the oven and the fridge should be located in a working distance from one another. Also, an under mount sink saves countertop space and allows for a flat draining area that can be used as a second surface. A single inset sink is another option for tiny kitchens.

Light

Let as much natural light into the kitchen as you possibly can. This will make the room feel bright and airy. Try to avoid using bright colours or complicated designs on the curtain, as it will block out a lot of the daylight into the kitchen. Good lighting is extremely important, especially in small spaces. Place lights under the cabinets to brighten up the countertops and use spotlights rather than hanging pendants in order to allow more visual space.

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6 Comments

  • Jessica - A Modern Mom's Life January 9, 2019 at 11:44 am

    My home has a small kitchen – these are great tips! Better lighting is definitely on my list of things to update. Thanks for sharing!

  • Natasha Mairs January 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    My kitchen is fairy small but we did live in a house with a kitchen like a box! all that could fit in was the sink and the oven. We had to keep the fridge freezer in the dinning room

  • Jacqueline Allum January 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    We used to have a tiny little kitchen, could barely fit one person in there. OH got the wall knocked down for me so my wheelchair could fit in there. Now it’s huge and a little chilly but I love it. Awesome tips!

  • michelle twin mum January 10, 2019 at 10:55 am

    I think planning makes such a difference with a small kitchen and sadly ours was badly done. Probably my biggest issue is counter clutter right now though. Mich x

  • Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs January 11, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Fab tips! I have always wanted an island in our kitchen but we just don’t have the space. I think we will need to do a little work on our kitchen this year.

    Thanks ever so much for sharing with #MMBC. Have a lovely weekend and hope to see you Monday. x

  • Cheryl | TimeToCraft January 14, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Designing a new kitchen is fun. We did ours a few years back and I’m still pleased with it. Ours was tiny when we bought the house, but knocked a few walls down to make more room. Light was a must as we have low ceilings. #MMBC

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