Here at Kitchen Warehouse, we can assure you that having a small kitchen doesn’t have to hold you back. Instead, it’s simply a case of using your creativity to work with the space you’ve got!
The key to ensuring that you make the most of a compact kitchen is creating as much space on your worktops as possible, as well as freeing up any clutter you have and allowing your space to manoeuvre.
These days, there are thousands of options to explore when it comes to clever and convenient storage solutions. The following have earned approval and endorsement of compact kitchen owners across the UK, so we thought we would share them with you.
If your walls are solid enough to support one, a pegboard can be an amazing kitchen tool. Not to mention, surprisingly stylish! Pots, pans, utensils and pretty much anything else you can think of, all mounted conveniently out of the way, yet always within arm’s reach.
Don’t forget the tops of your cabinets
Chances are, there’s a decent amount of space on top of your kitchen cabinets that’s currently not being occupied efficiently. If you don’t want your kitchen to look cluttered and your supplies gathering dust, consider investing in a series of elegant storage boxes or bins to store on top of your kitchen cabinets.
Downsize your furniture
Take a step back, look closely at your kitchen furniture and ask yourself – could any of it be downsized? Kitchen tables, chairs, stools, islands and so on – all fair game for a bit of bulk-reduction. Downsizing can be a great way of maintaining the comfort and functionality of your kitchen, while at the same time freeing up additional space.
For some reason, most people leave a glaring gap above their fridge that could easily be put to good use. Open shelves, hooks for pots or even a couple of additional kitchen units could make far more efficient use of this prime real estate.
Windows and smooth surfaces
It may sound bizarre, but this can actually be quite effective in both a practical and visual sense. If you have an abundance of smooth surfaces around the kitchen or a relatively large window, think of all the possibilities suction cups bring into the equation. There are endless gadgets on the market right now, that can convert any smooth surface into an effective and elegant storage solution.
When every bit of space counts, transferring as many bits and pieces as possible to your walls is a good way to go. One easy yet effective option is to hang a knife rack, freeing up space on your countertops and/or in your drawers. Remember – knives aren’t the only tools and utensils that can be mounted on a magnetic strip!
Hang a ceiling rack
One of the best ways of freeing up space in a compact kitchen is to hang a multipurpose rack from the ceiling. Once installed, it’s then simply a case of using a bunch of hooks to hang just about anything that would normally take up space. Pots, pans, utensils and so on – all within easy reach but conveniently out of the way.
Reconsider shelf sizes
Take a look in your kitchen cabinets and consider if and to what extent any space is going to waste. If the shelves within your cabinets aren’t positioned efficiently, think about removing them and reinserting them accordingly.
Move items to other rooms
If you’re prone to using your pressure cooker once a month and that enormous crockpot even less frequently, why store them where space is at a premium? Don’t fall into the trap of acting like there’s some kind of impenetrable force field around your kitchen, preventing you from storing kitchen-based items in non-kitchen areas of your home. Exporting a few items here and there really could make all the difference.
Clear the clutter
Last but not least, it’s worth occasionally going nuclear on your kitchen and having an aggressive clear-out. As a rule of thumb, anything you haven’t used or missed within the past 12 months is something you can’t live without. The same also applies to those random bits and pieces you completely forgot you owned. The less clutter you have about the place, the easier it becomes to deal with the somewhat limited space you have to play with.
Do you have any ideas on how to utilise your compact kitchen space that has not been mentioned in this blog? Be sure to leave a comment below! If you want to talk all things kitchen with the experts, then get in touch with us at Kitchen Warehouse today. Give us a call on 01765 640 000 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org now!