Making the Most of Your Kitchen Space No Matter the Size
There are all kinds of kitchens and they all vary in shape and size. The good thing is that they all have the potential to become a great space, but the issue is making the best decisions to ensure that the layout is ideal. The work triangle, or rather the path between food storage, cooking and cleaning areas brings efficiency, but as needs and preferences change, there’s a demand for more. In this read, we are going to take a look at some of the best layouts and solutions for an array of spaces.
It is easy to think that with a large kitchen, your space decisions will be easier. However, that is not always the case. The best layout will depend on how you plan to use the kitchen, your style preference, as well as the number of individuals who will be using the room. There is also the need to achieve a balance between aesthetics and functionality as you do not want the kitchen to be too cavernous or too cluttered.
If you have a large space in your kitchen, then you can pick the U-shape cabinet layout with an island in the central region. Cabinets across the three walls provide a large storage space, thus allowing you to keep appliances out of sight. The island on the central area acts as a multipurpose surface, and so, you can use for cooking, doing homework and even socialising.
This is a more open plan configuration that is ideal for flexible dining and living. An L-shaped layout of cabinets accommodates the integration of lounge and dining areas into the kitchen. There is a lot of room to move around and so, this plan is excellent for a family with more than one cook and do not want them bumping into each other all the time.
This is a layout where the kitchen cabinets continually fold into the room, thus creating a workspace that looks like a ‘G’. This layout is excellent if you want the functionality of a kitchen island while enjoying a single continuous stretch of the worktop. It’s also great if you want to maximise the cabinet space. It is popular for conventional designs that keep the dining area separate.
If your kitchen space is limited, then your cabinet layout choice is limited. For rectangle kitchens, the L-shape makes sense and for square ones, the U-shape layout without an island is the way forward. However, the vertical layout and storage are the most important factors when picking a design for a small kitchen. These elements are more flexible and can make a world of a difference when it comes to customising the space for your needs.
If you have a limited floor area, the inside of the cabinets is what makes the difference. To make the interiors of your cabinets more efficient, implement pull out solutions in order to gain access of the back of corner units. Make use of every corner space, from hanging utensils or cups from the underside of the cabinets to hanging spices on the back of cabinet doors.
Older flats and houses tend to have smaller kitchens, but they usually benefit from high ceilings. So, take advantage of this height to maximise the space in your kitchen. This does not just mean using the space above the cabinets as a dumping site, but building cabinetry in order to make the most of it.
Reflecting natural light tends to make a small kitchen look and feel bigger and that’s why many tend to pick lighter cabinet fronts and worktops. Your lighting choice is ideally a major factor in adding character to your small kitchen. If the display space or wall is limited, then consider feature lighting in order to create a focal point. Appealing pendant lighting designs are excellent for this and they do not waste floor space. Places like Zen Stone can also give you pleasing worktops that reflect the light nicely.
As mentioned earlier, an excellent kitchen is one that achieves balance between appeal, functionality, design and efficiency and the good thing is that you can achieve all of this, regardless of the kitchen size.