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How To Make The Most Out Of A Small Kitchen

The heart of a home, they say, is the kitchen. But what happens when that heart is of modest size, beating to the rhythm of not just family meals but also the practical limitations of space?

A small kitchen can be a challenge, but it’s a challenge that can be met with creativity, efficiency, and a dash of style. This guide is for all those cooks, bakers, and kitchen warriors who wish to make the most of their compact cooking sanctuaries.


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Storage is the heartbeat of an efficient kitchen, but in a small space, it’s often compromised. Fear not, for there are always untapped storage troves to be discovered.

Utilise Vertical Space with Shelves and Hooks

In a world that tends to sprawl horizontally, it’s time to look upwards. Open shelves not only offer storage but also create the illusion of space. Use stylish hooks to hang pots, pans, and often-used utensils, freeing up drawers and countertops for other necessities.

Multi-Functional Furniture

Think beyond the kitchen standbys. A bench with underneath storage can house your less-frequently used appliances. A kitchen island with built-in shelves or drawers is a culinary multitasker, doubling as a prep station and extra storage.

Organisation Is Key

Organisation is vital in a small space. Use clear, stackable foodstuff containers, preserving freshness and making your storeroom items more easily visible. Drawer dividers are great for separating cutlery and tools, while door-mounted racks can store spices and oils right where you need them.



It’s all about strategic placement, colour psychology, and making your small kitchen look anything but small.

Appliance Placement: Prioritise and Strategise

Only the essentials should be placed on your countertops when space is premium. Store non-essentials elsewhere or consider if there is a better, vertical way to house them. Remember, the kitchen triangle (fridge, stove, sink) is your layout’s holy grail; it should be efficient and unhindered.

Colour and Light: A Double Whammy

A suitable colour scheme can do wonders. Light colours, especially whites or pale tones, reflect light and make a space feel larger. Balance it with a pop of colour on an accent wall or your cabinet doors. Finally, never underestimate the power of good lighting, both natural and artificial.

Innovate with Smart Storage Solutions

Innovative storage solutions like pull-out drawers in your cabinets are fantastic space savers. Lazy Susans can make corner cabinets accessible, and slimline, rolling storage carts can be your adjustable, under-the-counter utilities.


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Whipping up culinary masterpieces is not about the size of your kitchen but the swiftness of your skills and planning.

Efficient Meal Planning and Prep

Plan meals that share ingredients, and if possible, batch cook to reduce workload on busier days. Prepare your space before beginning, ensuring all tools and ingredients are within arm’s reach.

One-Pot Wonders and Small Kitchen Hacks

Recipes that require only one pot or tray are your new best friend. They save on washing up and often simmer away with minimal attention, maximising both flavours and your time. Invest in adaptable tools that can be used in multiple ways.

Declutter, the Cooking Philosophers’ Stone

In a small kitchen, there’s no room for unused tools or unnecessary knick-knacks. Regularly assess your kitchen’s contents and ask if they add value. A decluttered space is not just zen; it’s efficient.


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A pleasing kitchen is not just functional; it reflects your love for the craft.

Mirrors, the Space Enchanters

Strategically placed mirrors can reflect both light and sightlines, creating the illusion of more space. Consider installing mirrored backsplashes or cabinet doors; they’re easy to clean and double your visual kitchen real estate.

Greenery and Light, the Soul Stirrers

Bring in some plants to add a touch of freshness and vibrancy. Natural light is also a great space opener, so if privacy is not an issue, consider sheer or light curtains over windows.

Personalisation and Practical Decor

Turn your kitchen into a canvas. Personalise with artwork or display your curated collection of stylish containers and tools, but remember the golden rule – if it’s not practical, reconsider. Don’t display items just because they’re decorative; they should earn their keep!


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