How to maximise the footprint of a small kitchen
We know that sometimes space can be limited in the kitchen, however, small can be just as beautiful (and practical) if designed right. That's why, we're sharing our top tips for maximising a smaller kitchen footprint, so you don't have to compromise on style, no matter the size of your space.
BEFORE GETTING STARTED...
Have a little walk around your kitchen and write down how you use it and how you would like to use it in the future.
Where would you like everything to be?
What works and what doesn’t?
Consider the location of appliances, the sink area, the storage and the amount of work-space you currently have- do they work? Or ideally, would you like to change these?
1) DEFINE YOUR SPACE
Function is one of the most important considerations when planning any kitchen, and in a compact room it's more crucial than ever that the entire space is used in the most effective way it can be. Work with your designer to define different zones for food preparation, cooking, washing and dining (if you need a kitchen-diner)- but if this isn't feasible, you may need to double up some activities.
For example, a worktop could also be used as a breakfast bar for informal dining, whilst the sink can also double up as an additional preparation area. Think carefully about your choice of work-surface to ensure that the material is suitable for a range of applications.
2) CHOOSE APPLIANCES CAREFULLY
There are many options for smaller kitchens when it comes to appliances. If you want a freestanding cooker, there are various widths to choose from- alternatively, built-in ovens can be installed in a vertical column to save space. Many companies also offer a range of compact ovens, microwaves, steam ovens, coffee machines and wine coolers, in a 45cm height instead of the usual 60cm, enabling your designer to mix and match to suit your needs.
Slimline dishwashers are also an ideal space saver.
3) CLEAR THE CLUTTER
Lack of work-space is often the problem in a small kitchen, but by keeping it clutter free and only placing essential, regularly used items on the surface, you will maximise the working area. Consider including an insert birch end grain timber block as an additional preparation space – this will also help you to avoid chopping boards scattered across the worktop.
Another option for keeping clutter at bay is a hidden kitchen. Perfect for galley layouts in studio apartments, a hidden kitchen utilises a bi-folding door to seamlessly store away your entire kitchen space. Paired with smart storage and integrated appliances, the hidden kitchen is the ideal space saver for a smaller footprint.
4) SPACE-SAVING STORAGE
With a smaller footprint, it's important to resist the temptation to pack as many units as possible into the room, as this can make the kitchen feel cramped. Instead, we recommend using clever storage solutions to make the most of available space- like our full-height larder or LeMans to make the most of every inch of cupboard.
If you feel like wall units are making your kitchen look closed-in, open shelving is a great alternative to provide the same storage, whilst creating a spacious illusion that can make a room feel brighter.
5) ILLUMINATING IDEAS
Good lighting can make all the difference to a small kitchen and has the power to transform your space from enclosed and moody, to bright and welcoming. Use feature lights to highlight open shelving or the interior of glass-fronted cabinets and plinth lights to make the floor space appear larger, with light-reflecting materials such as high gloss units, glass splash-backs, polished porcelain flooring and stainless-steel appliances.
6) KEEP IT SIMPLE
Less is more, so be realistic about what your kitchen can truly accommodate. Keeping the design consistent in terms of décor, furniture and flooring will also help create the illusion of space. High gloss handleless cabinets, pale flooring and a neutral colour scheme will all help to make the room appear lighter, brighter and bigger- or, alternatively, go for it! Bold colours and materials can make a massive impression in a small space.
Planning is key, so experiment with a range of combinations, create mood boards, and take your time with our specialist designers to decide what's the best option to maximise the space you have.
Have we inspired you to get creative with your space?
Why not pay our showroom a visit to see how we can help you bring your kitchen dreams to life?
Book a visit via our website here, or call 0203 972 0150.
If you can't get to our showroom, don't worry- you can get all the kitchen inspiration you need from our Life brochure.