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Sometimes your kitchen can feel so claustrophobic, it's like cooking in a dollhouse.
The kitchen is one of the most high-functioning, high-traffic rooms in any house. Or, it should be – but it can be difficult to use a kitchen to its full potential when it’s abysmally small. A tiny kitchen can feel claustrophobic and be a terror when trying to cook, clean and entertain. If your kitchen is less-than large, don’t worry! Below are some tips to help make your tiny kitchen more useful, effective and even look and feel bigger.
Having furniture in a tiny kitchen is almost impossible, but hey, everyone needs to eat dinner somewhere. Here are some ideas to help bake your cake, and have a place to eat it too.
This island has room to sit, and the stools can be pushed underneath when not in use.
If your kitchen is small it probably has minimal storage space. To make the most of your space, a little creativity goes a long way. First, be sure that you are using all your surfaces.
The Walls: Instead of hanging a picture on the wall, hang open shelving. Put glassware or other small appliances or cutlery on the shelves. Open shelving makes a kitchen look more spacious too. You can also hang a pegboard for your tools or even use a magnetic strip to support knives.
The Ceiling: Yes, you can even use your ceiling for storage. Hang your pots and pans on an overhead rack on your ceiling to give you more space in the cabinets. As a bonus, your kitchen will look really fancy!
Also be sure to store less frequently used items outside of the kitchen. Even though you don’t have enough storage spaces in your kitchen, you might have spare closet space elsewhere. Put the blender, toaster, wok or other bulky kitchen items you don’t use daily in a hallway closet or in your basement to create room for what you really need.
How extreme you take your organization is up to you.
When you don’t have enough closets, drawers or cabinets to hide your stuff, you need to make what’s left out look stylish and integrate it into your décor.
In a society whose buzzword is “supersize,” the idea of having to downsize isn’t too appealing. However, if your kitchen is petit, smaller electrical appliances are the way to go. There are many refrigerators, ovens and dishwashers on the market that are narrower than their full-size counterparts, and will fit better in your kitchen. They will provide storage and a smaller electric bill!
There are also some easy ways to trick the eye into thinking a small kitchen looks larger.
Knocking out clutter will also open up your kitchen. Make sure the kitchen is tidy and everything is in its place – this will make the kitchen a more enjoyable room to inhabit as well as creating more space.
The smaller your kitchen, the less space you have for stuff, so get rid of the excess! Do you actually use that redi flo pump more than once a year? Keep only the essentials and items you regularly use, and don’t keep doubles of the same item. (Do you really need five spatulas and three cheese graters?) Less stuff means more breathing room, and a in a tiny kitchen that’s exactly what you need.
So, when faced with the challenge of maximizing the efficiency of a tiny kitchen, keep these key ideas in mind:
Bearing these tips in mind, enjoy making your kitchen a place for great company and cuisine!