Creating a Functional Kitchen in a Small Space
Kitchens are often squeezed into spaces as small as a bedroom or even smaller. Trying to cook, entertain, and organize a small kitchen can become a challenge, especially as a family grows. Yet clever tricks make the most of small spaces to keep functionality and style intact no matter the size of the room. Try these tips to make a kitchen as functional as possible when working with a small space.
Create a Prep Area
It’s a common mistake to think a small kitchen is too limited in space for a separate prep area. Designated even just one end of the counter as a prep zone can free up other counter space for appliances, storage, and more. Consider a countertop that doubles as a prep surface and a bar sink separate from the main sink. This creates the perfect zone for cleaning up small messes before they can spread to the rest of the kitchen.
Focus on Wall-Mounted Features
Moving fixtures and features onto the walls of the kitchen frees up counter space even more. In addition to wall-mounted kitchen faucets, pot fillers are a great way to add more faucets to a kitchen without taking up much valuable space. These faucets not only make it convenient to fill a large pot or pan while it’s on the range, but they can also double as a drinking glass filler as well.
Maximize Hidden Storage Space
Small kitchens often provide plenty of workspace—they just lack the storage areas for small appliances, dishes, and more. Maximizing the storage space in a small space is simply a matter of using tricks like:
- Build deeper wall cabinets to create more storage space, especially for appliances that don’t fit in the standard 12-inch designs.
- Open up exposed walls to take advantage of storage space inside the cavity with built-in shelving or a micro-pantry hidden by a sliding pocket door.
- Choose pull-out and roll-out cabinet features to take advantage of corner spaces and other areas that are otherwise hard to reach or overlooked.
Go for the Galley Design
Galley kitchens are designed to make the most of small spaces by pairing two long countertops facing each other. With the right cabinets and sinks, it’s possible to use almost every inch of the kitchen space because there are few corners or nooks to lose as workspace. Galley kitchens are also easy to keep clean, especially if you extend the cabinets all the way to the floor.