How to make a tiny kitchen look huge
How to make a tiny kitchen look huge" was the original idea for this post. Why did we reject it? Simple. There is already a ton of articles about how best to modify your kitchen's look cluttering up the blogosphere. I don't know about you, folks, but I spend a heck of a lot less time looking in my kitchen than I do actually working in it. (That's not to mention dodging my son and my Jack Russell rescue as I scurry around my"cozy" 75-square foot space.) It's about time for some new suggestions on the best way to make your minuscule kitchen feel more spacious, practical, and comfortable.
Work with your kitchen traffic patterns. Yes, it's an inevitable fact of life. Someone near and dear to you will be seized by an uncontrollable urge to grab a drink or a snack from the fridge... just when you're frantically putting a few final touches on the piece de resistance for tonight's dinner party. Do not sweat it. One very beneficial DIY hack to assist you cope with your household's traffic flow: reverse your refrigerator door, so that it no longer opens directly into the middle of your restricted work area.
Maximize cabinets. Eliminate kitchen clutter and keep your essentials close at hand so that you can do the job effectively. Expand your storage all the way to the ceiling with custom cabinetry or your own DIY containers. If your kitchen is really microscopic, make sure you will have enough room to open a ladder or stepstool when you need to get this area. In the corner place, install a lazy Susan or even better! -- pull-out shelving or drawers, for easier cleaning and access. Utilize those skinny pieces of space near the refrigerator and below your base cabinets; install a sliding storage tower and toe-kick drawers, respectively. Save an inch or two more of precious kitchen property with integrated drawer pulls.
Go vertical. Do not overlook the square footage available on your walls. Hang up a magnetic strip to mount a prized set of chef's knives well above floor level; this will keep them safely out of reach of small children, yet close enough to your convenience while you're busy taking care of kitchen tasks. In a similar vein, make use of utensil hooks and possibly a case for preserving wine. And why not cast a vote in favor of bringing back the oh-so-handy-but-no-longer-trendy pot rack?
Choose efficient furnishings. Any furniture that you absolutely must squeeze into your kitchen's petite footprint ought to be scaled down and easy to stow away when it is not needed. The perfect example is the seating -- folding chairs and stacking stools rule! Rather than a kitchen island, try the flexible solution of a fold-down table or shelf, or a butcher block-topped cart on wheels.
A small kitchen can turn into an awfully stuffy, unpleasantly humid, and generally claustrophobia-inducing place to be -- unless it is well ventilated. If you do a fair amount of cooking, don't forego a range hood in order to conserve space; however, do opt for a slim line, low-profile style. Moreover, you could consider installing a ceiling-mounted electric fan. This is an energy-smart approach to enhance air flow and supplement (or replace) your air conditioning. To wash and cool the air in your kitchen, develop half a dozen green plants in hanging baskets