Small spaces have challenges all of their own. Ask yourself, is it possible to re-site anything – can the laundry appliances go in the garage, or is there room for a larder elsewhere? Think about extending wall units – go for a pale finish – all the way to the ceiling, storing lesser-used items in the uppermost cupboards.
Space can also be saved with narrow appliances – most of the major manufacturers have a slim-line range. Use plenty of lighting, for example under the wall units or recessed into glazed cupboards, and keep pattern to a minimum. Integrated appliances also streamline the space, as their matching doors create a seamless end result.
Planning A Small Kitchen
There’s no denying that size matters but in a small kitchen, performance is all. With some serious planning, ingenious fittings and a design that’s as chic as you like, your new kitchen can be super successful and, as you won’t need many units, you can splash out on quality finishes. To make it work, you’ll need to be flexible so instead of full-size appliances, look out for a scaled down mini-me versions. If you hanker for a larder, go for a skinny pull-out version instead. Choose with care and the perfect kitchen awaits.
Could You Make More Space?
Before you get carried away by the breathtaking designs in brochures or showrooms, work out the shortcomings of your current kitchen and decide what you can change for the better.
- Could you reconfigure the space, ditch or remove bulky items to another area, double up with a washer dryer instead of two separate appliances, or move the sink to a better position?
- How about removing a wall to open up the kitchen into an adjacent room, or adding an extension to double your space?
- On a micro level, simply junking any non-essentials such as that fondue set that’s never seen the light of day will work marvels for storage capacity.
- A radiator takes up valuable floor space so consider a plinth heater, or underfloor heating instead.