The kitchen is often the busiest room of the home. A variety of activities take place here, from food prep and cooking to family gatherings and entertaining. Needless to say, working in a small kitchen can be a real struggle, but with the right storage and design solutions, you can make your kitchen look and feel bigger without having to resort to extensive interior carpentry work. Try implementing these simple ideas for opening up your kitchen and making it look and feel bigger.
- Declutter like crazy. Not only will an excess of kitchen supplies and appliances make your room feel smaller, it will also take up valuable counter, cabinet and drawer space. Start by getting rid of food containers with missing lids, extra kitchen utensils and the collection of plastic cups you’ve collected from various restaurants and fast-food places. If your kitchen appliances are getting on in years, consider replacing them with smaller, sleeker, more energy-efficient models to save space and energy.
- Transition to open shelving. One of the best ways to make your kitchen feel more open is to use open shelving in place of bulky upper cabinets. Open shelves take up much less space, and have the additional advantage of being less expensive than traditional kitchen cabinets. Just remember that with no cabinet doors behind which to hide your stuff, you’ll need to stay on top of keeping the shelves tidy and organized.
- Undermount your kitchen sink. In a tiny kitchen where space is at a premium, you need to make use of every inch that you can. By undermounting your kitchen sink, you’ll be able to utilize the extra counter space that would normally be covered by the lip of the sink. In addition, without the lip of the sink to interrupt the flow, your countertop will have a more seamless look.
- Hide kitchen appliances. If new appliances aren’t an option, consider using cabinet fronts to disguise your old ones. While this is one of the more costly methods of hiding outdated appliances, the resulting streamlined look (and the lack of bulky appliances cluttering things up) provides a cohesive look that works well for small kitchens.
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