Making small kitchens work
But, a compact space doesn’t mean culinary dreams should be discarded. Here’s how to make a small kitchen space as big as possible: Kitchen workflow When designing a small kitchen, a layout is important. The secret is understanding the dynamics of a kitchen’s workflow. Interior designers call it “activity zoning.” Where will each task be done and what does each part needs in terms of storage, shelving, drawers, and lights? But also when might it be used by people at different times of the day? These are all questions to ask to ensure a small kitchen is as functional as possible. The best layout for a small kitchen is a galley style, which normally features two parallel walls with the kitchen benches, cabinets, and storage on either side. Keep clutter off the bench, a knife rack on the wall or in a drawer is a good idea. This means you don’t have any awkward corners to work with and gives you full access to all part of the kitchen. A one-wall kitchen is compact and space-saving but it can lack in bench space. Install a kitchen island trolley on wheels, it will provide the extra bench space needed for food prep and can be rolled away and stored when it’s not being used.
Storage and shelving Ideally, every centimeter of a small kitchen must be utilised to it’s full extent. Try taking overhead and full height cupboards all the way to the ceiling. Use the toe-kick space under the cupboards as storage for platters or trays and full extension internal drawers within cupboards maximise the quantity of storage.
Light colours will make a space feel bigger and making your cabinetry and walls the same colour will create a visually larger space.