We read a lot about the “tiny house” movement – some are as small as 225 square feet. While these miniscule homes are certainly not for everyone, many people are living in rather small quarters for one reason or another – empty nesters who have decided to downsize, first time buyers on a tight budget, and city dwellers in studio apartments. These properties can be quite charming, but they generally come with a very little kitchen.
Ideas for making the most of a really small kitchen abound. While it is definitely hard to pare down and edit our possessions, one can think about it in a good way – how many sets of dishes do we really need? We offer the following tips for making the most of a tight kitchen space.
*Make every inch of space livable and your small kitchen can still be big on style and efficiency.
* Efficiency is key – don’t have anything in your kitchen that is purely decorative
* If possible, remove a wall between the kitchen and another living space. Even though some wall space may be sacrificed, this will make the space appear larger and keep it airy and light.
* Open shelving can also make the space appear larger and will help to keep you organized and allow for greater ease in finding things.
* A good way to let in the light and make the space appear to be so much larger is by installing antique mirrored glass on cabinet doors or by using a mirrored backsplash.
* Go high with upper cabinets for extra storage.
* Even a small kitchen may have room for an island to provide much needed storage or seating – it can become an “everything” space.
* Speaking of storage, consider a built-in banquette. Banquettes are great because they can fit into small corners or under windows. They provide extra seating because more people can squeeze around the table, and they can provide additional storage underneath.
* Look for scaled-down or innovative appliances if need be – things like two-burner stoves or refrigerator and freezer drawers. Pull out pantry shelves can fit into a tiny sliver of space.
As always in design go for function! While a small kitchen may not be able to accommodate everything a larger one can (things like office or homework space, laundry duties, or lounge space), it can still be workable and beautiful to boot. And, think of all the positives. You may be able to splurge on higher-end finishes because you won’t need as much, and think of all the steps you can save when working in a small kitchen!