Home renovations of any kind are exciting, but no renovation has quite the same impact as a kitchen remodel. That said, kitchen renovations can be stressful, and smaller kitchens do pose some unique challenges. Luckily, by taking advantage of the advice below, you can create your dream kitchen, even in the tiniest of spaces.
Remove A Wall
One of the quickest ways to make a kitchen feel bigger is to knock down a wall. Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining or living area will not only open up the space but will make it easier to chat with guests without feeling crowded.
Utilize Wall Space
If your kitchen is small, then you’ll want to utilize all the space at your disposal and that includes vertical wall space. Install floating shelves, racks, and hooks to store a variety of items, such as pots, pans, coffee mugs, wine glasses, bowls, and cooking utensils. You can even use them to store dry, non-perishable food, such as baking ingredients or snacks. Floating shelves or racks will allow you to make use of traditionally neglected spaces, like corners, above the stove, or above windows. You could even install a small wall cabinet in these areas if you prefer your kitchenware to be neatly hidden away.
Sliding Shelves and Pull-Out Pantry
Roll-out or pull-out shelves are a great way to make use of every bit of space in your kitchen. Base cabinets often have tons of room, but it can be difficult to reach items at the very back. For this reason, base cabinets tend to have a lot of unused space. Rather than wasting it, consider installing sliding shelves (you don’t even need to install brand new cabinets to do this). Be sure to choose shelves that fit the exact cabinet in your kitchen. For example, tall, narrow roll-outs will be needed for skinny cabinets. Further, a pull-out pantry is a great way to make your kitchen more efficient. Pull-out pantries feature sliding doors and can be fit anywhere – over your countertop or in the back corner of your kitchen.
Add a Single-Bowl Sink
Nowadays, the default for most kitchens is a double-bowl sink, and while it might be nice to have the additional sink space, for most homeowners it’s far from necessary. If you’re in the midst of a small kitchen renovation, consider swapping your old double-bowl sink for an updated single-bowl sink. Generally, you can expect a single-bowl sink to save you between 6 inches and a foot of counter space, which can then be put to better use.
Install an Island
An island is another great kitchen space-saver. An island in the centre of your kitchen not only provides additional counter space but offers a wide range of storage options in the base of the island. Kitchen islands can now be designed to incorporate everything from sinks and dishwashers to pull-out storage units and garbage cans. Thus, installing an island not only saves space but also time and money.
There you have it – five space-efficient kitchen remodel tips to transform even the smallest kitchens. To ensure you’re pleased with the finished product, be sure to hire a trusted and experienced kitchen contractor to get the job done.