Cramming for Cooking Space? Simple Renovations for a More Efficient Kitchen

Cramming for Cooking Space? Simple Renovations for a More Efficient Kitchen
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    A clever person will look at a small kitchen and see a world of possibilities.

    Where there's a will, there's a way, and a few simple renovations can open up your space to allow for more maneuverability, more storage, and more room to get creative in the kitchen.

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Check out these tips for easy renovations that will give you all the room you need for an efficient and effective cooking environment.

Utilize The Ceiling

If you’re lacking in kitchen storage space, your extensive collection of cookware has very few places to live within your kitchen. This can be remedied by installing a hanging cookware rack from your ceiling.

Hanging cookware racks utilize an area of your kitchen that isn’t used, and if you have a nice set you want to display, it can double as a decorative function.

Putting shelves up high are also great for cookware that you only use once a year and don’t need to access every day, making more room for your more commonly used cooking materials to be easily accessed.

You never realize how much open space you have in and around your ceiling until you begin to add shelves and racks that make efficient use of the extra space.

Stow Away the Trash Can

When your kitchen is compact, every inch of floor and corner space is valuable. It’s much too valuable to dedicate to a bulky trash can that you’ll only end up knocking over as you navigate through your narrow kitchen. You can solve this dilemma easily by installing a pull-out trash can inside one of your floor cabinets.

A pull-out trash can is a hidden trash can that you can easily access whenever you need to. This will also reduce chance of pests, as your trash and the smell that comes with it will be contained within the cupboard space. An installation like this will make your kitchen cleaner, uncluttered, and free of pesky flies or ants that would otherwise be attracted to the scent of recently-tossed banana peels or yogurt containers.

Renovate the Counter Space

When there are too many cooks in the kitchen, whether working on the same project or making your own meals, you may find yourself bumping elbows more than you’d like. If you have a bar counter that is taking up a lot of space, you may find that taking out a chunk to be replaced with an island will open up the floor significantly. This also adds more sides at which the counter can be accessed, and will allow for more cabinets to be installed underneath.

 

Renovations like this can be included with replacing cabinetry, getting new countertops with granite surfacing that removes the need for hot pads, or the installation of new flooring. Because these projects can be somewhat bigger, getting a rubbish management service may help significantly with mitigating how much material you have laying around during construction by hauling away the excess. Be sure to keep in mind just how much material you’re going to have removed and replaced and plan accordingly.

Invest in Compact Appliances

When your kitchen has limited space, you can’t afford to purchase appliances designed for more spacious kitchens. There exists a line of compact appliances and kitchen fixtures that would prove to be a life-changing investment for your small kitchen.

How big of a microwave do you really need? Do you really need a separate toaster oven and toaster, or can you get a model that combines both? Don’t upsize if you don’t need to, especially if you have an oversized oven that only really gets used for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Proper planning for holidays will allow for less oven space, and this will make things easier and more energy efficient for the rest of the year.

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Utilizing proper design in your kitchen renovations will allow for expanded space for both maneuvering and storing. Map out your kitchen and see what areas aren’t getting their full use, and find ways to turn that into the space you’ve been needing to store those extra pots and pans or for letting in more family into the kitchen. When in doubt, speak to a professional contractor, and do your research so that your kitchen can be opened up to properly suit your needs.

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