Small kitchens are always getting a bad rap, but we want to encourage you to make the best of this space. It is quite easy to do, especially if you are willing to do a little remodeling to turn it into the kitchen of your dreams.
First, you need to make sure that you really have a small kitchen! Most people think that their kitchen is really small, until they step into what is truly a small kitchen, and then they realize that they actually have more space than they thought. What could be happening is that the layout of your kitchen is poor, which will then make it look and feel smaller than it really is.
As soon as you have determined whether you have a small kitchen, or you just think that it is too small, you are going to want to consider the layout. Has everything been placed where it should go, or do you need to make some adjustments to the layout?
The best layouts for smaller kitchens are either one-wall, galley, or L-shaped, because they allow you to create an efficient space. The one-wall layout will have all your counters, cabinets, and appliances along one wall, while everything will be on two walls, across from each other, in a galley kitchen. Our favorite is L-shaped kitchens, as the two walls that have everything create a ninety-degree angle. This is perfect if you don’t like people walking through your kitchen as you are preparing meals.
We urge you to stay away from U-shaped, L-shaped with an island, and double L-shaped kitchen layouts, as they will make your kitchen feel cramped and look even worse.
Once you have your layout chosen, there are a few other things that you can do to increase the amount of space you have in your newly remodeled kitchen. Consider the size of those new appliances you are thinking about purchasing and whether they are worth the amount of space they will take up. The same holds true for those larger farmhouse sinks too. If you can survive with smaller appliances and a smaller sink, you can gain valuable real estate in other areas.
One of the best things about smaller kitchens is that stock cabinetry is often an excellent option and that means that you can save some money during your remodel. These cabinets are normally easy to install and fit exactly where you need them to go. Since you won’t be able to have too many in your kitchen, we do recommend that you utilize lazy Susans or roll-out shelves to ensure that you are making the most of the space inside.
Another thing that you can do to make your remodeled kitchen look bigger is to install larger tiles on the floor and choose lighter colors for the floor, cabinets, countertops, and the walls.
When you utilize all these different options, you should be able to make your kitchen look and feel larger when your remodel is completed. You may need to think outside the box a little bit during the process, but in the end, you will love your new kitchen and all the room that you have.