Living large is a concept that has two meanings – either you live good or you live in a large space. It seems that many people tend to use this as they please but what if you can’t have the latter.
Many of us make trade-offs when it comes to our living space. If we want something good and affordable we have to make do with a smaller space where everything seems a bit crowded. Thanks to people with ideas and vision, even small spaces can look rather huge if you utilize them in the best possible way.
A place like mykitchenadvisor.com can help you greatly when it comes to saving space in many different ways. If you are living in a smaller home or apartment then this is something you must read and apply if you want a feeling of comfort, at least in your kitchen area. The article today is all about ideas that can help you utilize your kitchen space to the fullest, get rid of the clutter that quickly piles.
Having a small kitchen means you have to get creative with methods of storage if you want to have enough counter space to cook comfortably. In this article, we will tell you how to do exactly that and feel like you have all the space you need.
1. Pot racks
Small kitchens come with small confined spaces where you can store your pots and pans. This is without any doubt the biggest flaw of a kitchen like this and any family surely has enough pots and pans to fill two or three cabinets in a small kitchen easily. Those cabinets could be used to store other items but if you don’t get creative it will not happen. To free up those cabinets try installing pot and pan racks. These are super easy to do yourself and they can help you store all your pots, pans and their matching lids on the wall above the counters. They will be visible to others but that is another neat thing about this, it doesn’t look messy, it gives the vibe of a restaurant kitchen.
Small kitchens come with small countertops as well. It becomes even smaller if you have a big sink in the middle of it which makes food prep impossible as well as holding any of the appliances there like a coffee maker or the toaster. Here you will have to compromise a bit you will either utilize that space for food prep or your appliances. If you like to cook then consider having a shelf for these appliances that will be taken down when you need them or leave them on the counter and consider prepping your food on the dining table.
If you have a small kitchen try and leave out the décor like your ceramic cookie jar and matching figurines. These are the things that look good but it is all they are doing. If you need space and if you need to be productive without moving the stuff you are using all the time, you need to move the decorations away from your confined kitchen. This will open up your space and allow you to work easily and without much clutter because in a small kitchen every inch counts.
4. Utilize the cabinets
Here we mean that you use the most out of the bottom cabinets. After you made pot and pan racks you are left with a lot of space in the cabinets, the bottom ones especially. They are usually one big open space and they don’t come with shelves. This doesn’t have to limit you because you can get creative and make your shelves which are super easy to do as well as opt for wire shelving with which you can easily divide and organize your cabinets. With this, you can double your storage space and make it easily movable so you can rearrange things whenever you need to.
Small kitchens benefit from brighter colours since they tend to open the space up. White paint on walls, cabinets and appliances if possible, will make your small kitchen look a lot bigger. If you do not believe us then listen to what experts have to say about dark colours and small rooms – they only make it smaller. If you coordinate your white colours well with appliances, walls, cabinets and tiles you will add, at least visually, a few feet of room in your small kitchen.
6. Maximal utilisation
When you have a small kitchen you have to utilize every inch of space, and to do so you have to get creative. If your range and oven combo have a warming tray at the bottom you can utilize that to store all your cutting boards. You can also utilize the space in between your pantry and the wall to make a slide-out shelf that can hold cans, small jars and baking sheets. These will be out of sight and keep everything look clean.
7. DIY what you need
Small kitchens always ask for additional countertops and storage spaces. If this is the case in your kitchen then little creativity goes a long way in making your life easier. If you can, make one yourself, if not you can always buy a small moveable cabinet which you can custom to your needs. It will be always there for you and you can leave it on the remaining open wall when you are finished. It is awesome because you can move it wherever you need to, it allows for additional storage space and it will make your life a lot easier.
8. Additional racks
Those of you who like to cook probably have a whole bunch of spices that you keep in jars, small vessels or in their packaging. These tend to gather up quickly taking almost an entire cupboard by themselves. If you need that space for something else then you can do a hanging spice shelf or do a hanging spice rack that will save you a ton of space that those small jars take pretty quickly.