Being able to cook, clean and store items in a kitchen is essential to its functionality. When you have a compact kitchen, it can create a large number of challenges in these areas. Luckily, there are several ways to make the most out of even the smallest spaces and turn it into a enjoyable place to work.
Organization is key when you are trying to make the most of a compact kitchen. Have a place for everything in your kitchen and make sure it makes its way back to that spot. Also, make sure you are making use of every bit of cabinet space you have by using wire shelving and lazy Susan’s to maximize your space.
Look to your Walls
If you have an empty space on your wall, make sure to make use of it. Add shelving or a wall-hanging pot rack to ensure that this space is being utilized. Even if you do not have traditional wall space to create storage, you can always hang several small spice racks from your back-splash to free up valuable space in your cabinets. When you are working with a limited space, even the smallest amount of space is priceless.
The space between your cabinets and the ceiling is a great place to store less frequently used larger items, or even create a small pantry. Simply add some wire shelving if you are wanting a pantry and keep a collapsible stepping stool handy. If you do not like having to look at the items being stored above your cabinets, your can always create a small curtain to hang in front of your storage space to hide your items and bring some color into your kitchen.
If you have a high ceiling in your small kitchen, then you have yet another way to make the most of your space. Hang a pot rack from your ceiling to get those bulky pieces out of your cabinetry. There are many beautiful pot rack options available that you do not have to sacrifice looks either.
Relocate Rarely Used Items
We all have appliances and glassware that is hardly ever used. If you have room in another part of your home, then why not relocated them there. A hutch in the dinning room or a space in a large closet nearby can be a perfect place to put these items until they need to be used. Since these items are not used frequently, you will hardly notice they are not located in your kitchen, accept when you are able to use all that extra space.
There are always smaller appliance options available for small spaces. Instead of a 12-cup coffee maker, choose the 4-cup coffee maker instead. If you need a blender in your kitchen, choose a personal size one instead of the larger one. Often times, a smaller appliance will work just as well for everyday use and will give you extra counter space.
2 for 1
Find 1 appliance or gadget that can replace two or more in your kitchen. For example, if you have a toaster and a toaster oven, purchase an appliance that combines the two. This allows you to have the same convenient items without taking up as much space.
By using these simple ideas, you can create a much more functional kitchen. In the end you should find that more space and functionality can be made with just a few changes. Now that you have improved your kitchen, why not take these same ideas and use them in other rooms in your home?