As you know (or may have forgotten!), I’m in the middle (yes, still the middle) of remodeling my small kitchen. We were on a roll and then had to take some time and money to replace moldy air ducts in our house (eew). That, coupled with our boy volleying ear infections from one side to the other, has slowed our progress. Life happens! We’re gearing up again to really tackle everything we have left do, so I’ll have another update for you real soon.
While I’m busy trying to make the most of my small kitchen, here are some tips for making the most of yours!
1. Think Cubic! Make the most of your vertical space. If you can’t go out, go up (check out the above picture)!
- If you’re getting new cabinets, consider the long ones so that they go to the ceiling, or stack rows of cabinets. That space that’s left above shorter cabinets is often not used to capacity and the stuff that is put up there just sits and collects dust.
- If you have shorter cabinets and can move them, raise ‘em up and add a row of open shelving at the bottom.
2. Stackability saves space. Use every inch of your storage space by using space saving items like food storage containers that stack, stackable glasses and cups, and risers that help to create levels within your cabinets and on your shelves.
3. Stretch out your counter space. Workspace is often at a premium in a small kitchen, but there are a few ways to easily add to your surface area.
- Rail systems are great way to store utensils, pans, spices, and other kitchen items, while freeing up valuable counter space for preparing food.
- Kitchen carts are mobile mini islands that can store extra items, like mixing bowls or cookware and act as an extension of your countertop. They can easily be brought out when needed and tucked away when not. If you don’t have an eat-in kitchen, they’re great for rolling food and drinks to your dining area.
- Bridge the gap! Sometimes when kitchens are REALLY small, every square inch counts. Get a cutting board that’s big enough to go over your sink and Voila! Extra counter space!
With some well designed products and a little creative thinking, you can make even the smallest kitchen work well and look good! Remember if you ever need some kitchen inspiration you can visit our kitchen site: www.planyourkitchen.com
If you have additional tips to share or if you’ve tried similar ideas, let us know what’s worked in your small kitchen!