5 Space Saving Tips For Kitchens

March 3rd, 2014

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Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but for most of us these tend to be on the smaller end of the spectrum than we’d like. With the need to fit more and more housing in everywhere, homes are getting smaller, and with that so are kitchens. It’s frustrating, and short of an extension or knocking through into another room there isn’t much you can do about it.

Or is there?

With some careful planning and some nifty tricks and tips, you can pick bespoke kitchen furniture which will make your little room seem miles bigger, and everything will have its own space. Layout as well as the appliances you choose will all be factors.

1. The Rolling Island

Casters are the friend of the small kitchen. You can roll out extra counter space when you need it, and when you don’t, push it out the way. It will double as extra storage too. For an even better space saving idea, choose bespoke kitchen furniture pieces which fold out, like the extendable tables you can use when family come round at Christmas.

Another alternative is an island which doubles as a table. Pick something with a thick and solid top, but space underneath to tuck in chairs or stools. Dual functionality is a great way to get rid of space problems, so keep it in mind. When looking at any space think about how else it can be used and not just the obvious.  

2. Use every space (but don’t fill it)

There is a limit to how much counter space you can fit in, and of course, there is also a limit to how much wall space you have as well. However, you can fit in quite a lot of cabinets if you’re clever. There is the space below your counters – obvious choice – and the space above as well. Choose cabinets which extend to the ceiling for maximum capacity (as well as minimum surfaces to gather dust!).

You can also hang hooks for your mugs as well as some utensil. In the same way, pot racks look attractive (as long as you have reasonably high quality cookware), and keep bulky pans out of your cupboards, leaving more space for crockery or food.  

If you fit too many cabinets or hang too many things you’ll make the room feel somewhat claustrophobic. Where possible, try and keep two walls bare. It’ll keep everything balanced and stop it feeling crowded, and with that smaller.

3. Stuck with a corner

Corner spaces often goes to waste. It’s an awkward shape, we know, but there are loads of bespoke kitchen furniture solutions you can use to make the most of it. These cupboards tend to be extra deep, which means either they’re only partially used or they’re filled with things you either don’t need or don’t use. Pointless? Yes.

A built in lazy Susan is one solution. You open the cupboard and turn it to find what you’re looking for. You can also choose corner drawers. These look like two facing drawer sets but open as one large chevron shaped drawer.

4. Placement is everything

Sinks don’t need to be flush to the wall. Instead, think about having yours at an angle to make good use of corner space.

5. How much do you need?

Appliances come in smaller sizes. Unless you have a big family, you might find a smaller dishwasher or oven is a better choice for you. It will cost less to run, and you’ll be utilising your space much better. Remember that if you’re having extra small versions fitted you may need to let your bespoke kitchen furniture designer know so that they can plan around these.

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