Is your kitchen bursting at the seams? It isn’t uncommon for modern apartments in urban cities to have teeny-tiny kitchens. While the kitchen may still be the ‘heart of a home’, skimpy counter space, shortage of cabinets, a cramped work triangle, appliances hogging all available counter space and wasted corners make a small kitchen feel quite inadequate.
Since it’s extremely important to make every single inch in small kitchens work extra hard, we have 5 tips to make your space-starved kitchen look and feel perfect.
1.Use Space Above Cabinets
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Your small kitchen comes with overhead cabinets, but what about the space above those? Often, this space is utilized to store those ‘rarely’ used items that are currently hogging precious under-counter cabinet space! There are several more effective ways to use this space - Use pretty organizer baskets or wire rack baskets to store extra stuff above your overhead cabinets. You can also add one or two shelves above these cabinets, depending on the available ceiling height. A carpenter can build and install these shelves for you at minimal cost.
If you have a higher ceiling, go ahead and build cabinets atop the overhead cabinets to get some concealed storage space. Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don't clutter the interiors with bric-a-brac — you'll defeat the purpose. However, you can also go with solid cabinets that go right up to the ceiling and create a clean, flushed line.
Lots of cabinets have deep, wide shelves. The result - the inner space of cabinets gets wasted by stacking things very high, which doesn’t always work. A simple solution is to use stackable shelves or wire baskets that attach to the bottom of shelves or sit atop them to double up your storage options.
Another largely wasted space is the area under the sink. There are so many ways to make the most of this space. Use it for stacking cleaning supplies by installing a tension rod to hang spray bottles and tackle the under-sink clutter. You can also use this space to create a dispenser for trash bags to save space inside other cabinets.
Use cabinet doors can also be made quite handy by hanging a door mounted spice rack. You can also use this space to stash foil, cling wrap and other such handy items in a file folder mounted to the inside of the cabinet door. For deep cabinets, use the back of the cabinet door to hang spoons, spatulas, and strainers, and free up some drawer space!
3.Don’t Waste Corners!
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Most traditional Indian kitchens have wasted corners. These spaces become highly inaccessible, and hence, highly impractical.
However, there are many ways to make this space highly usable. A Leman’s corner, corner pull out trays, revolving trays or even corner, triangle-shaped drawer-type pull-out option are very practical.
4.Put Any Empty Wall Space To Better Use
Most kitchens will have at least one empty wall; perhaps sections of a wall with cabinets are empty for circulation space? In any case, make the most of this space. The idea is to convert this unusable wall space for storage. A great trick is to add a pot rail to your kitchen. Use it to hang pots, spoon holders, or hang wire baskets from this for some extra-handy storage space. Don’t crowd kitchen counters with knife blocks either, put it up on the wall.
Floating shelves are the easiest choice for such spaces. Line them next to the door, or cover an empty wall with shelves. If you hHave a tiny wall covered with a large window, utilize the sides with tiny floating wall shelves that are great to stack drinkware and assorted glasses. Put up a peg board if floating shelves are out of the question. These don’t interfere with circulation space at all, yet they'll give you excellent space for hanging kitchen objects.
5.Buy Open Racks For Extra Storage
Make up with open racks where ever you lack cabinets. An open shelving unit adds more storage, but it doesn’t take up too much floor space. What’s more, it doesn’t look ‘visually’ heavy and making your tiny kitchen feel crowded.
Also install hooks anywhere you can; use them to hang kitchen mitts, towels, strainers and more. It not only makes these items handy to grab, but also compensates for the lack of drawers. A rolling kitchen trolley is another great storage area.