You may love living in a small space, but sometimes a kitchen can be the hardest room to handle, especially when you spend a lot of time in there. One of the key factors in making the most of your kitchen is spotting under-utilized space and putting it to use. Here are some tips for making the most of the space in your kitchen, no matter how small it may be.
The Illusion of Size
You can make your kitchen appear bigger by selecting décor carefully. Light, neutral colours on the walls will prevent the room from seeming small and oppressive. Choose a floor colouring to match the décor and cabinets so that you create a smooth transition for the eye. There is a trick you can use to make the spaces between your counter top and base of your cabinets appear bigger; when you are tiling these spaces place the tiles at a diagonal angle.
Making the Most of Lighting
If your kitchen has a low ceiling you can use recessed lighting to give it an appearance of being higher. This will make the room look bigger. Positioning light beneath the cabinets will make the space seem larger and will help you see more easily when you are preparing food.
Boosting Kitchen Cabinets
You can save space in your kitchen by installing cabinets that have sliding doors. Glass or mesh doors can create a more open feeling. Open shelving is even better though dishes will get dusty more quickly. If you have a vent hood, you can build a shallow cupboard over it. This is a convenient space for hanging cooking utensils. One way you can maximize storage space inside cupboards if to use slide-out racks or shelves. This way you can see exactly what’s in there, even if it’s at the back. This is a great way to store herbs and spices or canned goods. Another easy storage method is to use a lazy Susan so you have easy access to all your goods.
Creative Space Savers
Use space creatively; keep the trash can in the cupboard to obtain more floor space. There are a number of items that you can hang from beneath kitchen cabinets to avoid clutter, such as; a microwave oven, kitchen towel holder, can opener and mugs. Keep baking tray and tins inside the oven when it’s not in use. Hang pots and pans from a ceiling rack. Hang a wire or wicker basket from the ceiling to store fruit and small vegetables. If you need more drawer space, use a caddy for your utensils and silverware. If you don’t have room for a proper pantry, squeeze in a slim pull-out pantry. These can be fitted into the tiniest of spaces and enable to see all the contents quite easily.
If you have a really tight space in your kitchen, but still want a table, buy a wall table that will fold down when you are not using it. Seating with storage areas underneath is another great space saver. A breakfast bar with high stools takes up less room than a table and you can always add extra shelf space beneath the bar.
Counting Counter Space
If you’re short on counter space get a rolling kitchen cart, you can bring it out when you need an extra surface to cook on and put it away when you’re done. Fold down surfaces are ideal for adding extra counter space on demand, as are slide-out surfaces that are fixed to permanent counter tops. If you have a really tiny kitchen, get a large cutting board and place it over the sink to create a surface for food preparation.
If you implement just a few of these space creating and space saving ideas, you can turn even the smallest kitchen into a practical and comfortable space in no time, with the minimum of expense.