3 ways to make a small kitchen work for you
Wed May 10, 2017
Want to be Gordon Ramsay without a Masterchef-sized kitchen? Not everybody is blessed with great cooking skills, but there's still no excuse for letting every meal be hampered by a lack of space or equipment.
It's easy to think of small kitchen spaces as less functional than their larger cousins, but in reality, there are plenty of clever ways that you can work with layout and fixtures to create a convenient space.
Here are a few top tips to make the kitchen in your brand new home both practical and a pleasure to cook in.
The most important aspect of any cooking area is bench space.
1. Space saving is key
The most important aspect of any cooking area is bench space, and if yours is taken up by a kettle, microwave and toaster, you'll almost certainly find yourself limited when it comes time to prepare actual food.
One solution is to invest in appliances that are built into cabinets, saving bench space and making smart use of any nooks or crannies where you don't need a cupboard. If you find that these built-in options leave you without anywhere to put your plates, don't be afraid to look up and consider overhead shelving - when done well, it's a stylish way to create room and give your kitchen character.
2. Consider the magic triangle
Draw an imaginary line between your fridge, your stove and your sink - the resulting triangle will be where you spend almost all of your time when cooking. This space should be compact and easy to work in, with larger triangles meaning time wasted moving from spot to spot, as well as more difficulty if more than one person is working in the kitchen at the same time. Large work triangles are a problem in any kitchen, but particularly in smaller spaces where room is already at a premium.
3. Open things up
If you've got a slightly larger budget, then one of the very best ways to make a small kitchen work for you is to renovate it, and we don't mean with a fresh coat of paint! Removing walls and incorporating the kitchen into a larger dining area is a sleek, modern way of doing things, and it creates more space physically as an added bonus!
For more information on getting the best out of any space, contact Laing+Simmons today.