How To Make The Most Of A Small Kitchen
Kitchens tend to serve as the second most social space in a home these days, second only to the living room itself. As homes are getting smaller, with more and more people living in apartments, kitchens are commonly becoming much more than simply where you prepare and cook your food. They are a replacement for the traditional dining room, where the kids sit as they do their homework, and even where you may sit with your laptop if you’re working from home. But how are more and more people making use of their kitchen when kitchen sizes are actually shrinking? How do you, not only make your kitchen appear more spacious but also, make the most out of the space that’s there?
Lack of counter space is every kitchen’s worst enemy. With so many things needed within reach, it’s easy to just keep things on the kitchen counter instead of behind cabinet doors where they belong as the door itself acts as both a physical and a visual barrier and therefore makes the item feel less within reach. This unfortunately leads to a rather cluttered counter space, creating unnecessary stress during meal time preparations. For commonly used kitchen items, floating shelves are a lot more effective as a storage solution as you can easily reach for them and put them back again without even having to think about it. Hooks and racks also work just as well, for hanging up things like knives and other kitchen utensils, instead of a knife block or utensil basket on the counter top.
When storage space is a commodity, the top shelf still usually gets wasted in smaller kitchens again due to the inconvenience of having to reach it. For shorter people especially, shelves seem to be less populated with things the higher you go up. Having a small step ladder or a wooden foot stool tucked away close to hand can allow you to store away infrequently used items. Only bake a cake twice a year? Maybe the cake tins should live on the top shelf. But you’ll be surprised how often you may actually use a small foot stool to even reach for other items that get daily use once you get into the habit of using it. Allowing yourself more access around the kitchen will allow you to use the space more efficiently. For such a cheap investment, it’s often one that gets under-utilised.
And, perhaps the most important factor of any “social kitchen”, the table. You want to specifically be looking for small kitchen tables, as opposed to the full-sized dining tables which are likely to be too large to squeeze into a small kitchen. Especially if you have young children running around and playing at the kitchen table, you’ll want to make sure that there is safely sufficient spacing around the kitchen table for them to play around and man oeuvre with ease. Round kitchen tables tend to be the safest as there are no hard corners for them to bang their heads on or run into.
Small kitchen tables can be used for more than just mealtimes, you can have family game nights where you play board games around the table after dinner, or use the table as a surface for work-related activities (with the added benefit of being close to the coffee!). Not to mention all that extra surface space for food preparation, to extend your cooking or baking from the kitchen counter to the table – an absolute life saver during larger cooking projects! Keeping the kitchen well lit is fundamental to encouraging more activity and productivity in the kitchen. Without the distraction of the sofa and the TV, you’ll find that the kitchen (even a rather small kitchen) can serve as the perfect environment for more than just cooking and allowing you to make the mot of your small kitchen.