There are many millennials out there today buying their first apartment or home and wondering how to tackle that small, unnoticed kitchen. Two of my daughters are going through it now. One in college and my other daughter just graduated from college and starting her first job. I know they wished they had that large open kitchen overlooking their giant living room, but until they get there I gave them some advice on how to design a small kitchen that works. I like to think of it as a small but mighty kitchen.
Use Low Back Stools
If you have space to add bar stools to your kitchen counter, try using bar stools with a low or no back. This can open up the space and give that minimalistic look. You can still add comfort by using a cushioned seat, or in the example below, using a very low back.
Photo credit: Frukleepa.
Maximize Your Wall Space
This is probably the biggest advice I can give you when dealing with a small kitchen space. Maximize ALL of your wall space. Don’t be afraid to hang your kitchen accessories or cooking products. As you can see from the examples below, hanging your kitchen items actually doubles as a work of art, and also makes it feel like a chef’s kitchen.
Get a Compact Refrigerator
If it’s just you and your cat, you probably don’t need that double door refrigerator just yet. Instead, opt for a more compact refrigerator like this one from Smeg. It not only saves space but also adds an element of design (and pop of color).
Use Unlikely Spaces
A great way to maximize your space is by going vertical. Use the space above the refrigerator, above the cabinets, even above your window. Not only will this tactic help with your storage, but by using high spaces it will actually also make your kitchen ceiling seem taller. Are you short? No problem. Keep a step stool handy to reach those tough places.
Photo credit: One Kings Lane
Use Collapsible Furniture
Companies know millennials are working with tighter spaces. Millennials are either embracing the face-paced city lifestyle or just buying their own condo or starter home. Because of this fact, many companies are creating smaller pieces in their line or offering collections to target this market. But this company took it a step further by creating collapsible furniture. Not only is it extremely functional, but it also serves as an art piece when not used. Genius!
Just because you’re working with a tight kitchen space does not mean you can’t have a little fun. The picture below by Designer Trapped is a perfect example of how you can do a DIY project, keeping your kitchen playful and functional. Don’t have enough storage space for all those kitchen utensils? Create a space!
Use Every Nook
Who would have thought the space below could double as a stand up bar!? This is a perfect example of how you can create spaces you never thought could be used. Every nook needs to be considered when dealing with a small kitchen. Have extra space next to the fridge? Place a kitchen or bar cart there. A window with a view? Install a bench and have coffee there every morning. It’s fascinating what you can create when working with tight spaces.