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? Well don’t fret, because here are our favourite tips and accessories to make your small-space kitchen a dream to cook in.
1. Let go. You’ll have to have a good honest look at what you use and what you don’t use. Accept that some things will just not fit. And if you haven’t used it in a year, it should be out of kitchen for good. You have to be clear on the most important elements. 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, especially when you stack things,” says stylist and author Kara Rosenlund. “Plus, having open shelving increases house proud tendencies.” You are more inclined to keep your open shelves looking good when they are on show. work twice as hard to cut down clutter.
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.” That probably means no double-door fridges and eight-burner cooktops. Opt for slim line options that can become statement pieces in the space. We love ’s statement making range that works twice as hard in the style stakes but takes up half the space.
3. “Be clever,” says Darren Genner of award-winning kitchen and bathroom design firm . “You can’t over think storage. Make sure you organise and plan where everything will go.” This means keeping 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 utensils, tea towels, pots, anything really. Always at arm’s reach. This way you are utilising that head space void.”
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4. “Induction cooktops are great for small spaces,” says Darren Genner of award-winning kitchen and bathroom design firm. “When not in use they can double as extra bench space.” You can also streamline your cooktop down to two burners – freeing up all important benchspace for food prep.
5. Placement is everything. Think about your ‘active’ and ‘passive’ zones not he kitchen, which include entry points, cooking areas and the sink. “Don’t place the fridge far away from the entry point,” says Darren Genner of award-winning kitchen and bathroom design firm “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, which work well in awkward and tight spaces and add café-style chic and to home. We’re fans of ’s smooth edged solid oak table, which can double as a workspace.
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