Although space issues can be restrictive, a small kitchen can still look terrific and be completely functional.

While many people would prefer to have a larger space, with countless kitchen units, because it provides more options, a smaller room forces you to be more selective with the features you choose and to really think about what will work. Just because your kitchen isn’t big, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an attractive and functional space.

Space savings tips for a small kitchen

If you don’t have lots of room to play with then making the best use of it is essential. You can’t afford to have too much clutter in your small kitchen, as this will make it look even smaller. But the good news is, many of our space-saving ideas can be easily implemented – and don’t come with a big price tag!

  1. Remove upper cupboards and put in shelving

This smaller kitchen idea is more a trick of the mind than anything else. However, it can be used to great effect.

By removing your upper kitchen cabinets and instead of using open shelving, you can give the illusion that the room is bigger than it really is. Although cupboards help to hide clutter, small shelving can open space up without reducing storage.

  1. Add seating to spare counter space

Do you have any space at the end of the counter with nothing on it? Some seats can be easily added to provide an extra seating area for members of the household or guests. Small kitchen styles generally suffer from a lack of places to sit so this can be the perfect remedy! A couple of kitchen stools at the end of the side of your kitchen worktop in a space that isn’t really being used for anything else can add another dimension to your small kitchen.

If you are able to accommodate a small island in your kitchen then it can be worth adding seating to that too and doubling it up as a place to prepare food and a casual dining area.

  1. Brighten it up

Replacing your existing kitchen doors with a lighter colour or glossy finish can brighten up the room and give a feel of space. The brighter your small kitchen is, the bigger it is going to seem.

For any kitchen, when it comes to soft furnishings like your kitchen blinds, you should steer towards lighter colours rather than dark.

  1. Get smaller appliances

Do you really need a large kettle and a toaster that toasts 8 slices of bread when there are only 2 of you living in the home? Maybe, but it’s unlikely. What about a large oven that is better suited to a family of 6?

Investing in compact appliances can help save room and is one of the best ways to maximise a small kitchen. Of course, this depends on how many people are living there and using the kitchen, however, if you can get away with it, then small worktop appliances can go a long way to increasing the space you have available.

How a small kitchen can work best

As the saying goes, ‘all good things come in small packages’ and just because your kitchen isn’t blessed with much space, this doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it and have a beautifully designed room.

If you have a small kitchen, these space-saving tips can really help you to not only physically create more space but also to give the impression that the room is larger.

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