Organising a small kitchen presents a number of creative challenges. Balancing functionality and personal style is difficult enough when there is ample room available to you, but if you’re low on space, it is that much more difficult.
Whilst there are plenty of decorating tricks and storage solutions that you can use in a small kitchen, there are also some more pragmatic organisational decisions to be made.
‘Whilst the lack of space can feel frustrating, a small kitchen can actually be one of the most charming rooms in a home,’ says Jen Nash, senior design lead at Magnet. ‘Requiring extra design consideration and innovation, the end result can be a unique space that’s bursting with character. But when it comes to these considerations, there are a few elements to avoid in order to prevent the space from feeling cramped and impractical.’
Below we look at six things you should discard to make your small kitchen look bigger.
1. Oversized dining arrangements
Whilst a combined kitchen and dining room creates a social hub in the home, a large dining arrangement should be the first thing to discard when designing a small kitchen.
‘Squeezing in a large dining table with chairs will only overwhelm the space and make its flow impractical. Instead, trade this in for some clever small space dining solutions,’ says Jen.
‘When not in use, drop leaf dining tables allow you to preserve precious floor space but still provide comfortable dining with fold out arms when dinner time calls. Or, make the most of empty wall space with a slim floating shelf and some colourful bar stools. This will serve as a great informal dining area with a breakfast