12 ideas for optimizing space in a small kitchen


Have you taken on the challenge of arranging a small kitchen? Designing a small space may seem difficult, but it’s also an opportunity to learn some tips to optimize the space: maximize the function of your kitchen and make it look bigger visually. Here are 12 ideas for doing that.

1 – Leave the sides of your island open

You have chosen to have an island: remember to include storage and make sure that these storage spaces can open from both sides. Don’t condemn one of the faces. Rather, take advantage of all the storage space, so that you have lots of parts to hand. Don’t consider a deep, low closet where nothing is easily accessible.

2 – Opt for seats that slide under your table or island

Are you considering a surface that can be both a worktop and a dining table? Alright, but be aware that bulky stools or chairs to go with them can take up more space than needed. Rather than tripping over your seats, choose backless seats that can slide completely under your island or table so they don’t get in the way when not in use.

3 – consider a hob and central hood

Positioning your hob on an island rather than against a wall does not necessarily free up space in itself. However, this does mean that you can install your hood in the middle of your room, leaving room against the walls for unbroken lines of closets, and therefore more storage space.

4 – add drawer and cupboard organizers

While drawer and cabinet organizers are a practical luxury in any kitchen, they are especially important in a small kitchen. If you store for storage without paying attention to it being functional, it is inefficient. So think about compartments so that each object has its place. Dividing drawers and cupboards into compartments allows you to store more, more efficiently.

5 – Install open shelves

Another great alternative to the open shelving that we are used to installing against the walls is to hang one above your center island. This creates a place where it is visually easy to find the objects. Even your guests could use it easily. You can also put open shelves immediately under your closed cupboards. This saves you in functionality since here too the objects are easier to access. This can be ideal for glasses, for example, which are used every day and which are always easier to grip. A shallow shelf under an expanse of overhead cabinets can be a great place to store small items like spice jars, pepper mills, or tea boxes.

6 – Attach a storage bar or rail

The addition of a rail or a magnetic bar for example at the level of your credenza gives you a practical place to hang utensils or objects such as spoons, cups, jars, spice jars for seasonings, paper towel rolls, tea towels, etc.

7 – work on the light

You might think that using a dark color in a small kitchen is a complete mistake, but the contrast of light and dark can create optical effects that make the kitchen appear larger. Using a bit of dark gray on a back wall behind surrounding white cabinets can visually ‘push back’ the wall, helping to give an enlarged kitchen feel.

8 – Opt for very high cupboards

The height of cupboards in a kitchen is often standard. It corresponds to a distance above your worktop or your island. If you feel a bit ‘locked in’, are tall, or don’t mind using a stepladder, mount your cupboards on the wall a bit higher than usual. Thanks to these few centimeters, you will gain in comfort. For a clean layout and clean lines, line up your top cabinets with your hood.

9 – Favor storage space over worktop space

In any kitchen layout, you have to consider priorities. Would you like more space to work or more space to store and organize? In a small kitchen, it may be appropriate to give up additional space on your worktop in favor of a large vertical cupboard that you can use to its full height. If you have enough space to prepare a meal, great if that’s all you need. Because in many kitchens, long expanses of worktops go unused anyway. Consider swapping out a long worktop for a shorter worktop and one or two cupboards to use at their full height – they can also integrate your large appliances, for more efficient use of space.

10 – fix mirrors

Don’t have a wall that you could open to create a connection, like a sort of serving hatch? In these cases, you can still create the illusion by using one or more mirrors. The reflective surface gives the illusion of depth beyond your closets.

11 – Use a tray to collect

Sometimes all you need to declutter your kitchen is a simple tray. Putting together items like a spoon, mortar and pestle and a kitchen timer all on a tray or cutting board visually tricks our brain to see them as organized. It’s a pretty quick trick that can make a big difference, especially when it comes to visual perception.

12 – Create a secret storage area on the ground

This last idea is probably not the most practical for all homes, but it is still the most unusual. Yes, and if you provided a storage area for your wine bottles integrated into the ground: a secret cellar, in short! All this to convince you that you have to dare to be creative, even more so when working on the layout of a small kitchen.

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