Unfortunately, most people can’t gain more space for their small kitchens without major renovations usually involving expanding their house. Many people look for options to make the most of the space they already have. You’d be surprised at how many different techniques there are for taking advantage of the limited space in tiny kitchens.
Kitchens are constantly evolving and changing. While in the past it was necessary to have closed cupboards on both the upper and lower tiers, now a more open concept is working its way into the mainstream. Opening up the kitchen is a great way to make a small kitchen appear roomier.
Cupboards with glass windows
If you’d like to keep your existing cupboards the way they are, consider replacing the upper cabinet doors with glass doors. While you don’t gain any extra space, the room will appear larger because there is more visible space in the cupboard.
Cupboards with screen windows
The same effect can be achieved with mesh screen doors. The mesh allows visibility into the cupboard. Personal taste is the ultimate deciding factor between glass and mesh.
Rather than having see through doors on the upper cabinets, a new trend is to simply have open shelving. You aren’t necessarily restricted to boring old shelves in a row. New hardware at stores such as Ikea provides many shelving options. Open shelves makes the space seem even larger than with the see through types of doors mentioned above.
Taking advantage of the many new types of storage options can help make a small space into an efficient useable space. Here are some options to help customize your kitchen for maximum efficiency: wall mountable magnetic spice racks; hanging racks for a large variety of things such as cooking utensils, small pots and cutlery holders; small under the counter shelves for small bowls, spices, salt and pepper; drawer organizers, etc. Ikea has a huge number of space saving ideas. Even if you don’t want to purchase items from Ikea, have a look at their catalogue for some great ideas. Customizing your kitchen is essential when space is lacking.
Opening up walls (or getting rid of walls)
If your tiny kitchen looks even more tiny because it is closed off from the rest of the house, consider opening up or getting rid of some of the enclosing walls. Opening up a ‘window’ into an adjoining room is a good start. If possible, consider getting rid of an entire wall. The change it makes will be enormous. Most new homes are open concept for good reason. The kitchen is an important part of the house that is used by everyone. Modify your older home to have the same sort of open feel.
Open up your Kitchen Island
If you have an island, opening up the cabinets in the island will also help the room appear larger and less cluttered.
There are so many ways to help your small kitchen become a useable and more open space. With some creativity and some specialty items, you can transform your kitchen into a space that you love.