For a charming house, you may have has to compromise on the space of your kitchen, but don’t be disheartened! This offers up a special opportunity to really economise on storage and get rid of all the clutter that you don’t use.
There are some incredible storage mechanisms on the market at the moment to help keep your kitchen fresh and tidy. From carousels to pull-out larders, there are extras to fit every kitchen space. Plan where you want to keep all your cooking equipment and brainstorm storage ideas. Smart space-management is the key to keeping your small kitchen decluttered.
Under your sink, you may have tried to squeeze in all your cleaning products, to no avail. Buy a selection of baskets to organise your cleaning products. You can even assemble small hooks and poles to hang up gloves or cloths.
Create an illusion of space by utilising white surfaces – because white reflects light, it makes your room look larger. When matched with a fantastic lighting system, you can add inches to your kitchen space. Install lighting underneath wall cabinets to reflect on the work surfaces, as well as on the extractor, so you can see whilst you cook.
Most manufacturers, including Range Cookers, offer up slimline appliances to fit small rooms. If you feel you only need two hobs, go for a dual hob system instead of four. Compact ovens are available at only 43cm high, and some models include an oven door which slides under the cooker - good news if you have a very narrow kitchen where it’s tricky to walk. You can even get ovens which combine with a microwave to save your worktop space. Buy range cookers online to make your cooking experience easier.
By choosing a sink which you can fit a chopping board safely across, you’ve effectively opened up an area for food preparation and then extended your work surfaces. You can even wash your veggies immediately, without having to go back and forth across your kitchen.
An innovative method of keeping fresh herbs in your kitchen is to hang them from the ceiling upside down. Sky Planters work with a reservoir system which takes care of the watering for you. How easy is that? Adding a few plants to any kitchen is a fantastic way of sprucing up bland cabinets.
You may have denied yourself a dishwasher and prioritised other appliances like a washing machine. Now, you can have a cosy dishwasher that fits on to your worktop. Bosch has a particularly modern, compact appliance, so you don’t have to spend your evenings slogging over dirty dishes. A dishwasher uses 37% less water than washing-up in a sink, so you can do your bit for the environment too!
Don’t smoke yourself out by installing an economical extractor fan, which doesn’t take up space. You can purchase wall-mounted extractors specifically catered for small kitchens online. Constantly setting off the fire alarm is an unfortunate side effect of tinier rooms and your extractor can help prevent your fire alarm from driving you insane.