By Janet Myers | October 17, 2016
You love your home but now admit that you had to make a compromise when you bought it because the kitchen was not as large as you had hoped for. Still, families can adapt to situations like putting up with a small kitchen by making a few easy changes. Working in a small kitchen means you have to maximize the use of existing space as well as bring in more items that will further save room. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can save space in your small kitchen today.
It pays to think outside of the box when it comes to getting the most out of your kitchen. For example, if you have a home office, you probably use shelves to store books and other items. You can do the same with your kitchen. Mount shelves on the wall and you will instantly add more real estate to the kitchen.
Shelves can hold your cookbooks, spices and other commonly used ingredients so you can get them off of the counter to expand the available space for meal preparation.
All the labor saving devices in the world won’t do much to help you in your daily food preparation tasks if you don’t have enough room to store them all. Big items such as a refrigerator may fit quite nicely in the space allotted by the kitchen’s designer. But when space is limited, you’ll want to consider a refrigerator that has two side-by-side doors that require less clearance to open than a single door. Or, you may prefer a unit with a freezer that pulls out like a drawer instead.
A two-person family doesn’t need a huge toaster that can process half a loaf of slices at once. In fact, if you consolidate appliances, a toaster oven will do double duty in half the space. Likewise, a family consisting of two people does not need a huge dishwasher, so you can save more space by making a thoughtful purchase of a small, energy-efficient model.
An island gives you even more room to work with, making it one of the best solutions for a small kitchen. For example, you use the kitchen island to do meal prep, freeing up the counters for other tasks.
You can also store items inside the island, in cabinets and drawers. Some manufacturers add space underneath the island to hold even more things, such as seldom-used appliances, extra dishtowels and kitchen supplies.
The kitchen island gives you more options for serving snacks and meals, which is particularly useful when entertaining guests.
The team at David Gray Design Studio has years of experience helping homeowners in the greater Jacksonville, Florida area make the most out of limited space in their kitchens and we invite you to reach out to us if you are in a similar situation. Just because space is in short supply, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get more use out of your kitchen. For more information about maximizing the use of your kitchen or to set up a consultation, please contact the professionals at David Gray Design Studio today.