How to maximise your small kitchen…
It can be difficult to imagine fitting all the essential appliances into your small kitchen. With city living becoming increasingly more popular we find ourselves having to live smaller. When you imagine your dream kitchen you probably picture large work top surfaces, a large dining area and possibly an island in the centre, with plenty of storage for your pots and pans and all the other kitchen utensils needed to create those delicious meals but your small space probably has other ideas…
Although your kitchen may be small, it doesn’t mean you have to compromise on making it a place that is functional and fits your everyday needs. Here are some top tips to help you create your small but perfect kitchen.
Compact kitchen appliances
You may be looking at your small kitchen thinking ‘how am I going to fit a dish washer, a cooker, an oven and and a washing machine in here?!’ Luckily, kitchen appliances are downsizing, allowing you to have everything you need to make your kitchen a practical and functional space. Compact appliances will allow you to make use of the limited space, allowing room for more work space which is vital in any kitchen.
Compact dishwashers are great for small kitchens. They can be placed on worktops or can be incorporated into your kitchen design. They are also great for those of you who live on your own or if there are two of you living together.
Slim line dishwashers
If you’re after something slightly larger than the compact option, slim line dishwashers are also a great way to save space.
Space Saving Fridges
When shopping for a fridge or a fridge/freezer, it is important to bear in mind the limited space you have available. Luckily, fridges are becoming more slim-line and less bulky as they have been in the past and therefore are easier to fit into your small kitchen without impeding on your valuable space.
Integrated Slim line fridges
Slim line fridges which can be integrated into your compact kitchen and are a great way to have a combined fridge/freezer to save space.
Under counter slim line fridges
If you live on your own or there are two of you, an under counter slim line fridge is a great way to save space but supplying you with a decent sized refrigerator.
When in search of an oven for your small space try to look for multi-functional ovens such as this compact oven with micro-wave. This will save you having to buy a microwave as well as an oven and therefore will save you space!
To avoid your work tops becoming a holding space for the foods which can’t fit in the cupboard, adding some extra shelving to your kitchen space will maximise your storage and it will help you stay organised.
Floor standing kitchen shelves
Floor standing shelving units are a great way to extend your cupboard space to allow more room without adding more cupboards. They are slim line which make them easy to fit into smaller gaps and a great way to fill unused spaces.
Work top kitchen Shelving
Sometimes it’s hard to fit all of your weekly food shopping in the limited storage units you have available, especially things like spices and herbs. Work top shelving is the perfect solution to place and store your spices. Arranging them neatly will look impressive and decorative and will also leave room in your storage cabinets for more food- which is always an added bonus!
Wall mounted kitchen storage
It’s important to make use of as much of your small space as you can without making it look over-crowded.
If you’re a big fan of cooking you probably have draws full to the brim of sauce pans and other kitchen utensils. To avoid this, a handy way to store these bulky kitchen utensils is to keep them up out of the way on a hanging rail which can be hung from the ceiling or on the wall.
Wall mounted kitchen shelving
Adding shelving on the walls and arranging your nicest crockery on to it is a great way to add decoration to your kitchen as well as serving as storage purposes.
Handy Kitchen Accessories
When it comes to cooking and cleaning in your kitchen space you want it to be quick and efficient. Below are some great accessories and gadgets to speed things up and keep your kitchen area clean, tidy and hassle free!