Smart Tips for Small Kitchen Layouts

These days it is the norm for builders to offer a large living room but cut down on space in the kitchen. The solution to such confined spaces, is thoughtful use of modular furniture and optimized layout in the kitchen to ensure space usage is maximized.

These days it is the norm for builders to offer a large living room but cut down on space in the kitchen. The solution to such confined spaces, is thoughtful use of modular furniture and optimized layout in the kitchen to ensure space usage is maximized.

Color

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  • Avoid dark and rich colors. Opt for a pale shade with a touch here and there of vivid colors for a change.
  • Avoid patterns and opt for a plain color instead. Wall to wall cabinets will then give the appearance of a pseudo wall. Make sure these cabinet drawers do not have handles protruding outside but make use of the under drawer groove to allow them to be pulled out. This gives a seamless appearance.
  • At the opposite extreme you can use black or dark wood grain shading with brass handles for an exquisitely rich look.

pans Space

  • Make use of all available space from floor to ceiling
  • Make use of corners and nooks to install purpose built shelves. You can store quite a few things in these corner storage spaces.
  • Make full use of space under the kitchen counters to install sliding drawers with sections and racks to store all cutlery, jars and groceries neatly.
  • Add interesting decor facets that can also be functional; a discreet pegboard to hang spoons and accessories, corner carousels in L shaped layouts and over the counter hanging rail to carry everyday necessities like salt, sugar bowls.
  • There is space available above the kitchen counter. You will of course have an exhaust chimney right above the cooking range. For the other areas you can make optimum use of available space by installing shelves. The open type is preferable since it gives an impression of space. However, you can just as well have cupboards and shelves overhead with sliding or hinged doors. Make sure you install small lights underneath the cabinet to light up the counter area.
  • You can also install railing type wall attachments along the wall under the cabinets for the purpose of hanging utensils, ladles or other articles of daily use.
  • If your kitchen is tall, say about 10 feet, then you can have a loft type storage covering one end of the kitchen to store groceries in bulk.

Tables and chairs

  • If your kitchen is really small as is commonly found in apartments these days, then it is best to not have any tables and chairs in the kitchen.
  • At best you can have a folding panel attached to a wall that you can draw up when required. A revolving stool will help you sit and work.

Keep size small

If your kitchen is really small you can create space by keeping sizes of countertops small. If 3 feet is the norm, you can opt for 2 feet width and free up a large volume of space. The same goes for all shelves as regards extension outwards from the wall. The less the volume these cabinets occupy, the more roomy your kitchen will be.

Take plenty of time to plan, check, re-plan and review from all perspectives before you place your order. And, by the way, plan it right and get the entire work done at one go by a trusted, quality modular furniture maker for that exquisitely uniform, smooth and harmonized looks. For inputs and opinions on how you can make your kitchen work for you, reach out to us at Noah Interiors.

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by Sandesh Dhanraj, on December 8, 2016