Small Kitchen Design – How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Like a Bigger One

Small Kitchen Design – How to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Like a Bigger One
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    More and more homeowners today encounter problems with small kitchen design.

    The kitchen is, after all, one of the busiest places in the house.


How can you squeeze as much functionality as you can out of a small kitchen space? Here are a few effective tips you can try:

Tip #1: Choose the Layout Early On.

Smaller kitchens are usually laid out in (1) The “galley” method, where the stove, refrigerator, and sink are all in one row against one wall, or (2) the “corridor” method, where there are two countertops on opposite sides of the kitchen, and openings on the other two sides. Both are space-saving and economical.

So decide on a layout, and pick the locations for the sink, stove, and refrigerator. The stove and refrigerator should be located away from each other, and the sink should be easily accessed from both. For the pantry, it’s best to rely on overhead cabinets to save on space.

Tip #2: Make Sure the Utilities Don’t Get in the Way.

Many homeowners make the mistake of making the small kitchen design first, without worrying about the utilities (the water supply pipes, the drainage line, the electrical wiring, the power outlets, the switches, the LAN lines, the phone lines, etc.). Don’t make the mistake – plan with the utilities in mind!

For instance, if you want to have a TV or PC in the kitchen, make sure they’re not located close to any water source. Also, make sure to put power outlets close to where the appliances need them.

Tip #3: Lastly, Consider Your Kitchen’s Point of Entry.

Once you’ve decided on the best space-saving layout to use, and made sure the utilities are planned out ahead of time, then it’s time to consider the aesthetics of the kitchen.

Small kitchens are best appreciated only from certain angles of view, and you’ll want to feel warm, cozy, and happy upon entering and seeing your kitchen.

A pro tip: Make some space under the overhead cabinets for lighting, in addition to the general overhead kitchen lights. They make tasks like meal preparation and note taking much easier, and it prevents the pooling of unsightly shadows in an already tiny space.

Once you’ve taken these tips into consideration, then you can play around with the “theme” of your small kitchen design. Consider using brighter colors and reflective surfaces to “open up” the place, but always remember that the #1 priority is to make kitchen work as easy and fun as possible.

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