If you live in a small apartment, you might have to face the inconvenience of a tiny kitchen from time to time. Although a small kitchen is perfect for cooking in if you are a single person living on your own, it can be bothersome when you have guests over. You might find that there isn’t enough space to navigate, let alone prepare and plate multiple dishes. There are a few things that you can do to maximize space in your kitchen. These range from smart closet solutions to better management of your cooking.
Use shapes that minimize wasted space
When we think of increasing kitchen space, we never think of changing the actual furniture themselves. This is wasteful. If you live alone, you probably don’t need a family size fridge. You can easily downgrade to a smaller one to save space. You can also select furniture shapes that fit neatly into the small room. Use square tables instead of ovals or rectangles. You can also make use of corners by installing custom-built kitchen cabinets. In Salt Lake City, most people’s homes have kitchen islands. You can install drawers and shelves in the island to make it more functional.
Make use of vertical space
Don’t think of space in terms of horizontal space. Make use of all the vertical room available to you. You can do this by building racks and shelves that extend upwards. You can also store things on top of the fridge or other cabinets. If you don’t want to feel boxed in, you can always build hanging racks and add hooks on the sides of cabinets. These hooks can be adhesive so that you can use all the appliances that cannot be drilled into. You can even find magnetic hooks for the fridge. Remember that if you add high furniture, such as bar stools and a bar island, your kitchen will look less cluttered.
Get rid of walls
In extreme cases, when your kitchen is just too small, you can break down kitchen walls. Replacing walls that separate the kitchen and the dining area can create a big, open floor eating space. You can instead add a kitchen island or temporary separators that can be moved around. You can then use the entire kitchen area to host dinner parties. You can also merge your living room with this newly extended area.
Use colors smartly
If you have a small kitchen, it’s a wise idea not to use too many colors. Instead, use lighter shades such as mint, beige, or gray. Stick to white cabinets and white stone such as marble. If you have a preference for checkered or wooden floors, make sure that you paint the walls white to help the kitchen feel wide.
Having a small kitchen is a reality many modern realities have to live with. It is possible to maximize space in a small kitchen to increase efficiency and feel more comfortable in the kitchen. You can start with these tips when attempting a major renovation.