It’s said that a kitchen can make or break a home, which is a lot of pressure for a room. It’s got to be functional, streamline, be nice to work in and it’s got to stand the test of friends and relatives poking around in it. So what do you do when your kitchen is dimensionally challenged?
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1. Let go. Take a good honest look at what you use and what you don’t use. If you haven’t touched it in a year, it should be out of kitchen for good. Once you’ve culled the excess, pick a few of your most useful and pretty elements to display on open shelving and hooks. “Open shelving allows a greater surface space to be utilised, and increases house-proud tendencies," says stylist and author Kara Rosenlund.
2. “Think practically,” says Darren Genner, of award-winning kitchen and bathroom design firm . “When your space is small make sure your choices are relative to the size you have to work with.” Opt for slim line options that can become statement pieces in the space. We love ’s range, which works twice as hard in the style stakes but takes up half the space.
3. “Be clever,” says Darren. “You can’t overthink storage. Make sure you organise and plan where everything will go.” Keep cups close to your kettle, plates and bowls in pull out drawers and saucepans and fry pans tucked away next to the oven and cooktop. “Hooks are a handy utilitarian essential in all kitchens,” says Kara Rosenlund. “You can hook up anything really. Always at arm’s reach.”
4. “Induction cooktops are great for small spaces,” says Darren. “When not in use they can double as extra bench space.” You can also streamline your cooktop down to two burners – freeing up important bench space for food prep.
5. Placement is everything. Think about your ‘active’ and ‘passive’ zones in the kitchen, which include entry points, cooking areas and the sink. “Don’t place the fridge far away from the entry point,” says Darren. “Place it at the entrance of the kitchen so the use of the space is not interrupted whenever someone wants to grab a drink.” If you have an eat-in kitchen, opt for round tables – like ’s smooth edged solid oak table, which can double as a workspace.