Designing a small kitchen may seem like a challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to pull out some clever tricks for maximizing its function and increasing its visual size. Cupboard Kitchen Here are some of my favorite ways to do just that. "1. Playing both sides of an island. An island is a great place to include storage, but sometimes items can just get lost in the back of such a deep, low cabinet.
2. Try an open island cart. Rather than a typical cabinet-based island, try using a cart-style island with open sides. Island carts give a barely-there look that makes the kitchen appear more open while still giving useful storage you can access from all sides.
3. Work with light and dark. You may think that using a dark color in a small kitchen is a total no-no, but contrasting light and dark can create optical effects that actually make a kitchen look larger.
4. Consider counter depth upper-uppers. Rather Cupboard Kitchen than using typical 12- to 15-inch upper cabinets alone, consider using these at eye level with a row of counter-depth upper cabinets above, as shown here. This makes your higher cabinets flush with a pantry or fridge cabinet for a tidy look and provides a bit more storage space for less-used or larger items, such as wide mixing bowls or seasonal goods.Ecovision Homes5. Embrace boxed-in uppers. Like the look of open upper shelves but don’t want to lose any storage space? Consider using open shelves like these that sit between cabinets, giving you the easy-reach functionality of open storage without committing to a full wall.
6. Float some open shelves. Another great alternative to trendy Cupboard Kitchen open shelves above your main wall of cabinets is to instead use open shelves above a peninsula.
7. Float an island or peninsula countertop. Depending on the layout of your kitchen, sometimes the ideal spot for an oven or a set of drawers will be a bit too close to an island or peninsula.
8. Say hello to high uppers. Upper cabinets typically start about 20 inches above the counter, but starting them a little higher (24 to 30 inches) can help you feel a lot less boxed in as you work at the counter below. If you’re tall or don’t mind using a step stool, the extra elbow room below and visual break can mean a world of difference.Juanca LagaresStarting the upper cabinets at the height of your range hood also creates a cleaner line, compared to having your storage cabinets at one height and the hood cabinet at another, which again creates a tidier look with clean lines.Paglialonga Studio9. Get seats that Cupboard Kitchen tuck in. A surface that can function as both a dinette table and a prep station is handy to have in a compact kitchen, but bulky stools or chairs can take up more space than they’re worth.
10. Open up a pass-through. One very effective way to make your kitchen feel bigger is to open up a partition wall to create a pass-through space.
11. Mirrored backsplashes. Don’t have a wall you can open up to create a pass-through? You can still create the look of one by using a mirror backsplash. The reflective surface gives the illusion of depth beyond your cabinets.
12. Add interior cabinet organizers. While drawer and cabinet organizers Cupboard Kitchen are a handy luxury in any kitchen, they are especially important in a smaller kitchen. Just squeezing in as much storage as possible isn’t helpful if that storage isn’t functional.
13. Hit up hanging storage. Speaking of squeezing in more storage, adding a rail to your backsplash or to the bottom of upper cabinets gives you a handy place to hang tools like spoons, mugs or cups, jars for seasonings and rolls of paper towel or tea towels.NBB Design314. Undercabinet shelves. This kitchen uses a small niche area created by a change in depth of the wall to create a little storage zone for Cupboard Kitchen spices. A shallow shelf under a stretch of upper cabinets can be a great spot to stash small items like spice jars, pepper mills or tea boxes. This works especially well if you use the shortened space below to store other items rather than using that spot for prep (so none of these items are really in your way).Space Exploration315. Take on a tray. Sometimes all you need to make a kitchen feel decluttered and a bit more open is a simple tray.
16. Trade countertop space for storage. In any kitchen design, there has to be Cupboard Kitchen some consideration of when to prioritize storage space and when to prioritize counter space. In a truly compact kitchen, it can be a smart choice to give up extra counter space for more full-height cabinets.The Furniture UnionIf you have enough room to prep a meal, that’s really all you need, and in so many kitchens long stretches of counter space go unused anyway, with the island being the go-to prep space.
17. Pack in a pullout chopping station. Some days you need a bit more counter space than others, and when you do need to chop some vegetables, a little dedicated chopping station can be super helpful.
18. Consider a central range and range hood. Placing your range on an island or Cupboard Kitchen peninsula, rather than against a wall, doesn’t necessarily free up space in itself. However, it does mean you can use a central hood fan, which leaves your cabinet wall without a large obstacle in the way of your storage cabinets.
19. Swap in some secret floor-storage. OK, this last idea may not be practical for most homes, but it was too fun not to include. This cool kitchen has a storage area for wines built into the floor. Sometimes when you want to add a little more storage to your kitchen, you have to think outside Cupboard Kitchen the wine box."