5 ways to maximise space in your kitchen

Small kitchens require a good, practical layout and a spot of imagination to ensure that food preparation and other functions can be performed easily and without stress. Here are a few tips on how to maximise your kitchen space so that you can achieve this.

Walls and Surfaces
Choose light tones for decorating your walls and surfaces if possible – they can be useful in providing the illusion of space and can lend an uncluttered, seamless appearance to your kitchen. Gloss finishes can also make a kitchen look more spacious because it bounces light around the room. Therefore splash-backs will mirror and reflect surrounds which will add to the false notion of space.

Try to make use of any space you can find – things like deep drawers can really help in this regard. If you have a kitchen island, try to store items underneath. In addition, consider installing floor to ceiling cabinets – these don’t tend to take up horizontal space and can therefore prove extremely useful in smaller kitchens. Corner spaces are often overlooked and can be taken advantage of with the use of a lazy-Susan or corner drawers.  Rolling carts can also be useful both as an extra surface and for much-needed storage. In many cases, they can also be tucked away under counter-surfaces when not in use.

Smaller Appliances
Look for smaller appliances when equipping your kitchen. Many companies have recognised the need for more compact designs, especially for inner-city dwellings. As a result you should be able to find downsized fridges, ovens, dishwashers and stoves which will enable you to extract even more space. Consider every single appliance in your kitchen and see if you can find a more compact version. You’ll be amazed at just how much room you can save by opting for smaller versions of existing kitchen equipment.

Wall Space
Try to take advantage of your wall space by including shelving. This can be really effective at freeing up your kitchen area by allowing you to store pots and pans, cook books and food stuffs. Utensil holders and spice racks can also be useful at freeing up drawer and cupboard space respectively.  If there’s space, you might want to consider installing an extra cupboard or cabinet, thereby clearing counter-space so that you can operate more easily.

Window Treatments
If your kitchen space features window-dressings such as curtains, then consider removing them and replacing them with window blinds. Curtains tend to take up more space and absorb stains, which is not ideal, especially in rooms like kitchens. Window blinds require less room and can be cleaned very easily.
Hopefully these tips will help you to get the best out of your small kitchen space. It’s worth remembering that saving up on space needn’t be too expensive. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you should be able to transform your kitchen into a more practical, spacious environment.

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