Small kitchens come with their own set of limitations. While hours of cleaning and physical work doesn’t do the trick, organised planning and smart designs can bring about positive results.
Just because you don’t have enough room in your kitchen for a spider burner, French door fridge or a double-bowl sink, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on functionality or style. With smart planning and organisation, it’s easy to build a perfect kitchen layout that is functional, chic and offers a lot of extra space to move around.
Just like a plate of flavourful nachos needs more finely chopped vegetables, salsa sauce for a tangy twist and melted cheese on top for that final touch, so does your kitchen. Unfortunately, kitchens, especially in India, are spaces that bear the burden of holding way too many things squeezed in cabinets and racks. Nor does it get the attention it deserves when you design your home, and is often put together carelessly and without smart planning.
Here are five space-saving ideas to max out space in your kitchen from smart appliances to innovative storage options and minute details that create all the magic.
Increase The Storage Quotient
When you think of a kitchen, the first thing that comes to mind is cabinets, lots of cabinets! Quite the accessory that brightens your modular kitchen space, making a simple cookie jar appear fancier. Cabinets can be more than functional storage units they serve as a fantastic space-saving solution. They duck clutter, add depth to your kitchen, and confer texture to space. You can also use them to enhance the space visually and ensure you get maximum storage solutions.
Design Tip: Utilise every square inch in your kitchen by adding the right blend of open cabinets, shelves, magic corners and wire baskets. Avoid leaving dead spaces and change them into storage docks for smart appliances. A few space-saving hacks can make the best use of every inch in small kitchens and look beautiful too.
Add A Wash-Up station
A stand to dry dishes over your sink is a quick space-saving solution and one that is functional too. Water from these dishes drains off straight into the sink than on the worktops. Additionally, ditch conventional baskets and racks near the sink as they take up space.
Design Tip: Pick a stainless-steel rack that won’t rust and with plenty of compartments for plates, bowls, knives, chopping boards and dish-washing detergent too.
Consider A Pull-Out Pantry
Large pickle jars, an oil dispenser and a box advertising half-empty snack packets. Not something you wish to put on display, right? If you don’t have enough space for a proper pantry, do not worry! Just employ a pull-out one instead. All you require is a horizontal area, and you’ll be blessed with an abundance of storage.
Design Tip: Select a pull-out pantry proportionate to the space with a lot of wired baskets and shelves to store as much.
Store Up To The Ceiling
Don’t overlook your ceilings when it comes to finding space-saving solutions for your kitchen. A ceiling-mounted rack can be used to dangle flower pots, utensils or colanders. It empties up your cabinets and adds an exciting design highlight.
Design Tip: Measure space between the ceiling and edges of cabinets and accordingly use it for storage. Another option is to grow an herb garden from the ceiling, with in ceramic sky planters. Pep it up with bright colours and your kitchen gets a brand new look.
Switch To A No Door Policy
Let go of that kitchen door! It’s quite a simple design hack and makes a tiny room appear much larger. Better still, widen the entrance or remove an entire wall. Opening up your kitchen space is more than style — a little extra space to move around keeps two cooks from crashing into each other as well!
Design Tip: Ditch your kitchen door, and you will notice an instant addition of space. Add a floor to ceiling sized mirror that will make your kitchen space appear wider, and with a touch of style. And there you have an instant space-saving solution.
Small kitchens are no less than a blessing. They offer a lot of options to experiment with; all it takes is a space-saving approach to make the best of them. The more you examine your tiny kitchen, the more the opportunities seem unlimited.