Multi-functional kitchens are great if you’ve got the room for them – but not everyone has. There are lots of us who still have smaller kitchens, especially if we live in flats or rented properties. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, however; it just requires a bit more forethought and planning. This week’s blog zeroes in on how to get the most out of those reduced spaces, while still giving you that all-important elbow room to properly prepare your meals.
When you’re working with a small space, the key is to be ruthless. Above all, a kitchen needs to be a place where you have the room and the equipment to prepare food, so make sacrifices and prioritise its contents – think about what you use the most, and fill it up gradually in order of preference. This way, when you start to run out of room it won’t be quite as problematic as it would be, for example, if you’d got two drawers full of butter knives but nowhere to put any plates. This is also a good time to look at the appliances that will be taking up the most space on your kitchen worktops. Pint-sized microwaves and miniature toasters take up a lot less room than their larger counterparts, while doing exactly the same job.
The same principle applies to storage as it does to functionality – you’ve got to be harsh. You don’t have to throw away the lesser-used of your kitchen tools, but just store them somewhere other than the kitchen. Open up the topmost space in your kitchen to use for storage; the taller cabinets and dressers will prove to be of particular help in these sorts of circumstances. Keep your kitchen worktops as clear as you can by default – when making food you may well find it irritating to have to keep having to shuffle around existing tools or crockery. Instead, have a look at wall-mounted storage options. With a few handy S-hooks, otherwise blank walls can make useful places to hang sieves, pots and pans, not least because these clunky items tend to take up a lot of space in cabinets. Impromptu shelving and magnetic spice or knife holders can offer you similar benefits, opening up the amount of space you have available on your kitchen worktops.
Although it’s a secondary concern to functionality, design is a frequently underestimated factor in the look and feel of a kitchen, especially when it comes to space. Glass-fronted cabinets can make a room larger than it really is, and a strategically placed mirror can achieve the same thing. Meanwhile, lighter tones of woods, paint and worktop finishes can all have a similarly profound effect.
Our range of high-gloss worktops is perfect for expanding a small kitchen, while our real oak worktops have a light finish that gives your kitchen a neatly spacious feel without compromising on some slightly more rustic design choices. If you have any questions or need any help don’t hesitate to contact us on 0345 0268 799
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