It can be difficult to manage small kitchens, especially when you are preparing meals for large parties or hosting. It is important that everything is within reach. You don't want other people to have to squeeze past you while you cook. A total kitchen remodel may not be within your budget, but you might want more space. How can you find a balance?
You can make small kitchens larger with a few changes and downsizing in certain areas. These are some tips to make the most of your small kitchen space so everyone can cook without having to sacrifice. These are just a few of the many ways you can make your kitchen more efficient.
Storage Spaces Available
To ensure all your spices, herbs and crockery are easily accessible, install lazy susans or pull-out shelves to your cabinets. They can be easily rolled out and placed in front of the cabinet. It is quick and easy, and does not require the purchase of new cabinets.
Built-in cabinets can be a great way of saving space in your kitchen and still keeping you from getting blasted. They will be tall and wide, but slightly thinner. A cabinet professional can also cut additional shelves from the wall. This will allow you to maximize your space while still maximizing your storage. Built-in cabinets can be found under the counters or on an island. They should not make extra storage more difficult than necessary.
Reduce Sink Size
You can use sinks to wash fruits, vegetables, meat, and tableware. Sinks do not have to be large, but they can be used in small kitchens. You can reduce the counter space by replacing your large sink with a smaller model. A dishwasher is a better option for dishwashing, as it allows you to still wash vegetables and meat in the sink.
A pull-out extension for the countertop
A pull-out countertop, which can be placed beneath the counter's edge, is a great option if you need extra countertop space for making meats, pastries, and other supper dishes. This will allow you to maximize your kitchen space while still having enough prep space. This will require a professional countertop installer to do the job, but it won’t take as much time as a kitchen remodel and you won’t have to leave your kitchen.
Replace Appliances with Smaller Alternatives
Large equipment such as ovens and ranges, stoves, ovens and dishwashers can take up too much space and may be difficult to fit in a small kitchen. It might be a better idea to replace some of these items with smaller versions. A smaller dishwasher might be better if you don't use it often. If you don't have a lot of groceries to store, a smaller refrigerator may be a better option. If you don't use ovens, stoves, or ranges often, the same applies. A built-in microwave can be installed above your range to save counter space and still provide great convenience.
One set of dinnerware is sufficient. White, which can be used with all types of dishes and looks great on open shelves, will work well for most events. A cutting board should be both functional and attractive, so it can be placed on the counter. One side is used for cutting; the other is for serving.
Select items that have more than one use
Mason jars make a great choice because they can double as serving glasses and food storage. A Vitamix is a great option, as it can be used to make juice and also remove the need for a blender, mixer, or food processor.
Use Apps and Lists
A grocery list can be kept on a separate pad near the fridge. Instead of just writing down what you have empty, focus on what you are about to run out of. There is nothing worse than needing a cup of milk for your recipe but only having the bottom of the bottles. Cornell University's FoodKeeper app may be able to help you track when your food is nearing the end and should be replaced. It also provides helpful advice on food storage.