Is your kitchen tiny? Do you lack storage space and room to prepare food? This is a problem for many householders. But there are ways to maximise available space and transform your kitchen from pokey to accommodating.
- Have A Good Clear Out
If you’re short on space, the first sensible solution is to assess your belongings. Look at your furniture, kitchen accessories, and utensils. Are there items that you no longer need? Be thorough in the process. If you haven’t used that specialty cake tin in seven years, are you likely to use it in the future? Remove anything that is not required and clear the clutter. Clutter in the kitchen is not only an obstruction; it can mask more serious issues. For example, water damage from a kitchen sink leak can go unnoticed for months. If left untreated it can cause black mould which is detrimental to your health. Clutter is also a potential fire hazard. So clear it away and get rid of anything that is no longer useful.
- Colour And Light
Colour and light make a big difference. They can create the illusion of space. If your kitchen is on the dark side, allow as much natural daylight to enter as possible. This should be supported by additional artificial light. Spotlights work well in the kitchen, as do shelf light. Focus them on food preparation and cooking areas. Keep colours light and airy to open the space. Dark colours can make rooms look darker.
- Storage Containers
Rather than storing food in their packets, opt for jars and boxes. Smart storage solutions make stacking much simpler, and food lasts longer in airtight containers. Spills are also less likely. Make sure you label everything carefully so you can keep track of use by dates.
- Utilise Wall Space
In small rooms, it’s important to utilise all available space. This includes walls. Hang a few shelves and racks to take care of small items and utensils. Think pot racks, knife racks and spice racks. Don’t forget the space above the door. This can be used for a small shelf for items that are rarely used.
Trolleys are extremely useful and can be used throughout the house. Stack them with pans, baking trays, etc. It’s surprising how much they can hold. Opt for a trolley with a flat counter surface. This can be used to prepare food when you lack surfaces elsewhere. These trolleys have brakes on the wheels to stop them moving around. When not in use they can be wheeled away to a pantry or another room if necessary.
Because of their shape, corners can create wasted space. In a small area, every inch counts. Make them earn their keep by installing corner cupboards or corner shelves. They can then be used for food and utensils to avoid cluttering surfaces.
Even the smallest kitchens can look airy and spacious. We may not be able to add square footage, but we can create the illusion of space. By careful lighting, colour, and storage your kitchen will be transformed.