Modern homes often involve making do with less living space. This is especially the case if you live in a big city where affordable apartments are usually smaller than average. It can be hard to work with a very small kitchen and if you love to cook, then you are probably wondering how on earth you are going to fit everything you need into such a tiny room. The good news is that it is possible to create a practical, stylish space, even if your kitchen is spatially challenged.
Start from scratch
The best way to maximize space in a small kitchen is to redesign the room from scratch. Obviously, this step isn’t available to everyone, as tearing out a kitchen and rebuilding it can be a costly endeavor. But if you want your very own dream kitchen, it’s the best solution.
Redesigning a kitchen lets you make the best use of available space. You can invest in space-saving cabinetry and built-in appliances. If you do go down this route, talk to more than one kitchen designer. Most designers have their own solutions to space issues, so by combining ideas from several different designers, you stand a better chance of realizing the kitchen of your dreams.
Since investing in a new kitchen may not be on your radar, here are some less expensive ideas for maximizing space in a small kitchen.
Pans take up considerable room in a kitchen. Many people stash pots and pans in a deep drawer, but that’s space that you might need for other things, such as groceries, canned goods, or miscellaneous small appliances.
One handy solution is to fix a hanging rail above your stove. Use metal butcher’s hooks to hang your pots and pans. Not only are they more accessible when you need to cook, but this also creates an interesting focal point.
Old-fashioned laundry racks hanging from the ceiling are also good for hanging pots and pans. These have the added advantage of being height adjustable. You can also hang other things from a laundry rack, such as dried herbs and flowers.
Pro tip: invest in attractive metal pots and pans, such as copper or stainless steel.
Magnetic knife holder
Every aspiring chef needs a set of professional chef’s knives. Many people invest in a block of knives, but this can take up space on your counter, which is in short supply if your kitchen is small. The other option is to store your kitchen knives in a drawer, but the blades may get damaged or you could end up cutting yourself if you reach into the drawer without being careful.
One way around this problem is to fix a magnetic knife holder to the wall, preferably close to your food preparation area, so you can grab a knife when you’re prepping meat and veggies. These innovative gadgets will hold any type of knife, big or small. Your chef’s knives are then within reach for any task you tackle.
Utensils also take up room in drawers, and if you love to cook, you probably have a whole bunch of these items clogging up your kitchen. Instead of storing them in drawers or in a pot on your counter, fix a rack to the side of a cupboard and hang your utensils there. They are both accessible and visible, so no more rooting around inside a drawer in search of an elusive soup ladle or BBQ pincers.
Maximize space under wall cabinets
There is a lot of dead space below wall cabinets, which is a crying shame. You can put this to good use with the aid of metal hooks and magnetic strips.
Screw metal hooks into the base of your cabinets. Use these hooks to hang mugs, cups, jugs, and anything else you don’t have room for. Instead of filling a cabinet full of mugs, hang your favorites from hooks. An eclectic collection of cups or a set of pretty hand-made ceramic espresso mugs makes for a great talking point.
Magnetic strips can be used to secure storage jars with metal lids. Fill some small jars with loose tea bags, coffee, herbs, dried goods, and free up some cupboard space. It will look good and make the best use of available space.
Finally, another top tip is to use the space on top of wall cabinets for storing items you don’t use very often, such as serving platters and dishes.