Making a small kitchen not feel cluttered is a hard task. As the hub of the home, where you welcome guests, prepare food and feed your family – means the kitchen is required for lots of different jobs. So, for it to work at its best, the kitchen requires a lot of tools. We’re sure that you’ve experienced the never-end need for space to organize dishes, utensils and small kitchen appliances like toasters and coffee machines.
Fear not, before you get lost in the sea of clutter, there are multiple ways to transform a chaotic room into an oasis of productivity!
Space Saving Ideas for Kitchens:
Start with the Basics
The first thing to do when trying to declutter is throw out duplicates. You don’t need two ladles; the spare coffee machine was a great gift but you’ve already got one and the second is only collecting dust. Get rid of them.
You don’t have to throw them in the trash either, you can sell them on a second-hand site, at a boot sale, give them to a friend in need or donate it to a local charity shop!
Nail it to the Wall
Don’t think out, think up!
Every kitchen will have myriads of unused, potential space being neglected on the walls. Rather than hanging paintings or redundant paper calendars, put up some shelves and make space work for you.
The ceiling is a great place to have a hanging pot rack, which is both space efficient and wonderfully decorative. You’ll find your countertops clear in no time!
Tip: to protect the walls getting damaged over time due from constant hanging and banging of utensil before mounting the shelving units paint the designated wall a darker hue as it’ll help to conceal the scuff marks.
Consider the Sink
If your kitchen is particularly small, then every centimeter counts.
Often, the space under a sink becomes a lotion and potion graveyard, bottles of unused and half-empty, long-forgotten cleaning tonics left abandoned (and not in a very space efficient manner). Give it a clear out, clear up and you’ll find room for all sorts of extra things down there.
You should also consider an under-mount sink, it’ll add an extra measure of space that could make all the difference.
And while we’re talking about sinks, double-bowl ones are grossly overrated and rarely used. A single-bowl will save a tonne of space and offer everything you need.
Bigger isn’t always better – how you use it is what really counts. If you’re having a revamp, kitting out a new kitchen or simply buying some more appliances opting for smaller appliances is one of the best space saving ideas. Ensure they’re the same power and your flow won’t be affected.
Expand the Cabinets
We were talking earlier about how wall space is usually not utilized, well, if money isn’t the issue – just space, then you should consider expanding your kitchen cabinets to reach the ceiling. If your cabinets don’t ready, then you’ll know that using the tops to house items is a waste of time as they’ll quickly become filthy and covered in dust. Therefore, space is just being wasted.
The cost of expanding your cabinets will be a drop in the ocean compared to other, more drastic decisions!
In a small kitchen, it may seem like you haven’t got space to house all the herbs, spices and dry-store items to properly flourish as the chef you want to be. Pantry space is quite the commodity.
An easy get-around for this is a sleek and modern pull-out pantry. The whole point of their design is to fit into small, normally unused and utilized spaces. Pull-out pantries should be made-to-measure for your specific kitchen – any handyman will be able to whip up one in a day.
If you’re trying to be super economical then why not make one yourself? As far as DIY tasks go – a pull-out pantry is one of the easier ones to accomplish. This type of pantry has numerous levels for your kitchen necessities, particularly storing food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
Operating in a tight kitchen isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of a small situation by being savvy with your storage solutions.
This is a guest post by Sasha N, copywriter by trade but with a keen passion for interior design, home improvement and DIY. Owner of A Fancy Home.