Space-Saving Tricks for Small Kitchens

People fear the idea of living in a small home. Small beds, small tables, not enough space for everything … Dealing with a small space can be rather frustrating and in fact quite bothersome as far as kitchens are concerned.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. With people visiting daily, it is no surprise that everyone values its utility so highly. Apart from cooking meals and meeting up with other family members over dinner and breakfast, the kitchen is a place you can expect to use some storage space for certain sanitation supplies, or different tools for your cooking efforts.

Having a small kitchen is not good, but it’s not a thing to cry over either. You will have somewhat limited options in terms of the hardware you can fit in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pleasing design that makes you comfortable. Instead of discarding a favourable option for your home relocation just because the kitchen space of a certain property is small, you should check out these smart space-saving ideas. It is crafty ideas such as these that can have a huge impact in small space:

  • Mounted trash can on a cabinet door – if the floor space of your kitchen doesn’t impress with square feet, it is wise to free as much of it as possible. One typical idea is to scrap the conventional trash can most people are used to, and instead mount one on the inside of one of the cabinet doors. Certain models are quite handy – they are designed to open when the door is opened, saving you the need to come into contact with any handle or anything. An added benefit is that you won’t be forced to look at the trash can and instead have it hidden from sight.
  • Utilise cabinet door space – apart from mounting a certain model of trash can on the inside of your cabinet door, you can use your imagination and introduce even more storage solutions for your kitchen. Mounting a magazine file, not to store magazines, but rather boxes of aluminum foil and various wraps that you use in your cooking is an awesome way of getting more storage space out of the cabinets.
  • Acquire a kitchen cart – in the quest for extra counter and storage space, introducing a kitchen cart is a real winner. It may come as a surprise to you, but a rolling cart will be your small kitchen’s best friend in terms of extra space for those towels and tablecloths. Additionally, a cart of the appropriate height and design can be used as a cutting board. There can also be a drawer to keep your cutlery in. Roll the cart around whenever you need to make more space in certain part of your kitchen. The moving service a tool such as this can provide is invaluable.
  • Utilise vertical space – if extra space is what you are after, then do consider taking the cabinets all the way to the top. Most kitchen designs don’t actually do this, as the cabinets featured there reach a foot short of the ceiling. When space is limited, you should take advantage of every possibility to fit more, even when that means hard to reach places near the ceiling. You will not only be able to store more of your kitchen inventory in these cabinets, but also visually expand the kitchen space. A little exercise to stretch for the top levels or climb on a chair to reach them won’t hurt at all.
  • Remove the door – having no door on the kitchen room is a smart idea as far as making the space feel larger goes. Taking that idea one step further, it is wise to even consider widening the opening space or creating an additional opening in the wall. This will allow far easier movement in and out of the kitchen, as well as make the removal service of any hardware and product a breeze.
  • Introduce hooks and shelves to your walls – when you run out of storage space in the cabinets, you will need to find additional options for your kitchen tools. Why not utilise the space on your walls? Various shelves and hooks can fit there to use for utensils, cups, knives and overall any item that you have in your kitchen. Instead of trying to fit all of these items around your work area on the counters, find a place for them on the walls.
  • Mount a paper towel holder – paper towels are a universal tool that you cannot do without in your kitchen. If you don’t want to bother with the problem of finding a space for the roll of paper towels on the counter, you can mount a holder under one of your cabinets. The design is usually very simple to mount and easy to use.
  • Keep the hardware on the minimalist side – imagine the discomfort of bumping into handles and knobs as you try to maneuver in your small kitchen. To avoid this potential problem, you should opt for smaller-size pulls. Not only they eliminate the danger of the described scenario, but also retain a sleek feel of a small kitchen.
  • Stay on top of your cleaning chores – a small kitchen is going to suffer greatly if you allow dirty dishes and other containers to pile up in the sink (which is likely a small one). In order to avoid such problems, you should follow a simple rule – never allow for dishes to pile up and instead clean them regularly. This will not only make your work in the kitchen easier, but also spare you the need to invest a ton of time and effort once your sink cannot take anymore.

A small kitchen can be just as useful and well-designed as any other. You just have to think creatively and make use of the outlined suggestions to make even small spaces feel acceptable and comfortable.

Heather Roberts - Guest contributor

Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as home maintenance, garden and lawn care etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.