Today, when the price of the condo and houses is pretty high, more and more people prefer to look for the smaller and therefore cheaper options. Means, the kitchen doesn’t provide that much space as we got used to. While the standard size of the kitchen is between 160 to 175 square feet, the small ones can be up to 70 square feet. Such a difference gives a big challenge, especially if you are moving from one type to another.
With some tips and modern technologies, you can take maximum advantages from the tidy kitchens which at the end can occur even more convenient for daily usage.
Creating The easiest way to apply this advice in regard to the small kitchens is to remove the dining area from the kitchen itself to another room. The best option here will be the living room which will allow you to have meals in a more comfortable and spacious atmosphere. Meanwhile, the kitchen will be used only for cooking and storing the products.If you are ready to be more creative and invest a little bit more in the project, you can do more difficult steps and get rid of the wall between the kitchen and the rest of the house in order to remove the barriers. In this case you need to pay special attention to the interior differences such as flooring and design. Your kitchen is still a separate area and should not be lost in the studio type of the condo. In case the layout of the house doesn’t allow you to do such changes, you can simply replace the traditional door with the arch or more modern sliding door. It will help to find balance between an isolated room and an open area.
Matching the furnitureIf you are moving from a house with a big and spacious kitchen into the one with more limits, most probably you need to reconsider the furniture and equipment. In the small kitchens you need to use all the space, including corners and the upper area, therefore the massive fridge and cabinets are not the best idea.Nowadays you can easily find a great variety of options with smaller sizes and more functionality. Usually, the most convenient size of the cabinets in this case is 34-35 inches which is enough to keep most of the equipment and products while you will not sacrifice the space. While thinking about the kitchen arrangement, you can also consider to place the small shelves on the top of the bigger ones or to adjust them to the wall above. Of course, in this case you need to consider your own height to avoid the necessity of using stool and ladder. Proper organization and measurement are the key to make the tidy room ready to use. Usually, you don’t have much choice in regard to the arrangement of the furniture and it should be placed in rows to avoid unnecessary empty spots. The only exception here is if the wall is pretty short and you may need to apply for the corner layout.
Using hi-techHow to place all the cutleries and equipment you use in your daily cooking processes into the small area of the kitchen you have? You will be surprised how many options the modern producers can provide you with. While everything is hidden and protected from the dust, you can find all you need in just a few shelves and cabinets. Sliding surfaces and shelves-transformers, roll-outs and dividers, inbuilt boxes and even tables – everything depends on your imagination and budgeting.Additionally, we should mention such a popular technical solution as inbuilt techniques. Microwaves, fridges, stoves and many other necessary components of any kitchen will not anymore take the space while still be reachable and secure. Moreover, today you can find a perfect match in multifunctional devices which will help you to save even more space. Thus, massive sink can be successfully replaced by the dishwasher while professional multicooker can help you to save more space by replacing huge stove. Of course, such devices will require some additional investments, but even if you are planning to purchase them in the upcoming future, it has sense to make a proper planning in advance.
Adjusting the designIn modern catalogs you can find some tricks on how to create the vision of more space without making too much effort.We all know that white color helps to widen the space while the black underlines the limits. Light surfaces are easier to clean and they can help to hide the possible scratches and imperfections of the surfaces. Moreover, if simple white looks boring and too sterile for you, you can choose the proper color within the great range from snowy-white and ivory to beige. Also, the combination of the matte and glossy can add some creativity to your kitchen area.But the real advantages of the color adjustments are more complicated and more interesting. Bright accents are one of the most common and always winning choices. While still having a light basis, you can add some colorful details such as ceiling, floor, cabinets’ doors or just the bright cutleries and equipment. It will help to make your cooking area more personalized and unique while such accents are quite valuable in regard to the space arrangement. The main advice here is to control your creativity up to three colors, otherwise instead of making accents you can cause redundancy and gaudiness.In comparison with the colors, accessories in the small kitchens should be avoided to the maximum. If you like small statues and figures, you can easily find a more suitable place for them in other parts of the house while in the kitchen you need to add just a minimum for the refreshment. The best idea in this case is the plants and flowers (which will also help to balance the oxygen in such a busy place. If you feel you would like to have more decorative elements, you can choose from the numerous beautiful and original plates and cutleries.
Improving the lightingWe have already mentioned the glossy surfaces which you can use for the designing of your kitchen. But it’s only one of the numerous possibilities for the small areas. First of all, we should underline the importance of the proper lights in the kitchen. It will not only help you to do the meals in the evening, but also will help to make accents where you need to make them. The best choice here is the spotlights above the stove and working area as well as the backlight for the cabinets and shelves. You need to try to use all the area, therefore the choice of the attractive and interesting fixture on the ceiling can help you to cover all the hidden spots of the kitchen. The main tip for the small rooms in this case is to change the traditional middle-ceiling set up to the lighting of the main part of the kitchen (or to place the light above the table if you will have it).Mirrors – one more extra tip for the tidy rooms. Like the glossy surfaces, they will provide the necessary reflection. You just need to place them farther from the cooking area to protect them from the oil and other consequences of the daily cooking.If you are not feeling like placing the mirrors in this area of the house, you can take advantage of the steel surfaces which you can find in most of the modern equipment for the kitchen such as fridges, microwaves, hood and others.
Storing when necessaryTraditionally, people were using the kitchen not only for making the meals but also for storing the products. If we are talking about the small kitchens, we need to put some restrictions. Modern cabinets and shelves with numerous dividers can help to keep the equipment and cutleries but they are not suitable for storing heavy packages of potato and grains. For this purpose, you should better arrange a special place beyond but close to the kitchen area. The corners and the area under the windows are definitely not a great solution.Special boxes and cabinets you can find in any kitchen equipment shop or, if you are more initiative, you can create some spaces by yourself. The main feature of such places is to keep the products in dark and cool conditions. In the kitchen itself you need to keep only the necessary amount of the products. Glass jars for the spices, containers for the grains – all of it will fit the furniture and help to store everything in order.
With all these tips you can create a match and suitable space for the small kitchen but it’s also necessary to make some adjustments in regard to your special needs and habits. For example, a tidy sink can be uncomfortable to use to wash numerous plates for the big family and probably you would prefer to keep the size of the sink you are more familiar with while putting more limits on other components of the kitchen. Or you may not have the possibility to move the dining table to other areas of the house – in this case you should consider the option of a sliding table and inbuilt chairs.
The best and easiest way to arrange such adjustments is to use the professional rebuilding company which will not only help you to make the tidy kitchen area more spacious but also will make all the changes less painful and inconvenient for you. They can even consider the equipment and fixtures you are planning to use to make the overall furniture more applicable and comfortable for you and your family.