Apartment Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Apartment Kitchen Renovation Ideas

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Working with a small kitchen area.

If you own or rent an apartment or condominium, you may have a kitchen that is small, with a minimal work area and providing little room to make substantial improvements. That’s the trade off you make when you eschew a home and the freedom most free standing offer by providing larger kitchens or at least the room to expand.

A lack of floor space doesn’t mean you can’t work with what you have. You just need to know how to work with a smaller space to make the most of it. Let’s take a look at how you can make a small kitchen area a big deal:

Look up, look down — You can’t do much horizontally, but you may be able to do something vertically. Some apartments and condominiums feature dropped ceilings. If this is the case where you live, then you could gain some precious space, perhaps a foot or more when the ceiling is removed. That can give you additional room to run shelving from floor to ceiling — use a step ladder to reach the high shelves which should be stocked with items you don’t need on a regular basis.

Kitchen gadgets — Precious counter space can be taken up by the toaster, coffee maker and an assortment of gadgets. That’s why under cabinet appliances and gadgets were invented — to make use of dead space just below the cabinets which provides more room for you on the surface. If there is significant space between the bottom of the cabinets and the counter surface, you might consider attaching shelf off of the cabinet. If renting, you can always removed shelving before you move.

Refrigeration possibilities — Perhaps the refrigerator space could be used for something else, such as much needed closet space. What then for refrigeration? One way to handle this is to put in an under counter refrigerator which would eliminate some of your storage space, but might occupy less overall room than your 68-inch tall refrigerator. You’ll lose one-third of your refrigeration space with a 12 cubic foot refrigerator, but it may be more than what you and your spouse need. The freezer and refrigerator are built side by side.

Color me light — Color can give the illusion of a room that is larger than it really is. And that could be the “trick” you need to make the most out of your small kitchen. White used on the ceilings and walls can make your kitchen seem larger, using off-white or some other bright color for the cabinet. Softer lighting may help — isn’t it time you replace that old kitchen lighting fixture with recessed lights?

Other ways to maximize your kitchen space include making good use of kitchen organizers including wire baskets, a shelving system for the closet door and stemware racks. With a little imagination and a small budget, you can transform your kitchen space into something that is more useful and graceful too.

Further Reading

SayEducate: 5 Ways To Turn Your Kitchen Into Your Dream Come True; Jonathan Bentz; November 8, 2010

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".