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Learn How to Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen

Most people urge to have a huge kitchen. Unfortunately, not everyone has one. Here are some tips on how to maximize the space you have in your small kitchen.

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If you could change one thing about your home, what would it be? If you’re like a lot of homeowners, you’d make your kitchen bigger. And while it might technically be possible to enlarge your kitchen by knocking down walls and sacrificing part of your living room or dining area, you’re probably more inclined to make do with the space you have.

And there’s a lot you can do to make the most of a small, or even positively tiny, kitchen. Try these tiny kitchen ideas, and you might be surprised at how much countertop and storage space you can find.

Expand Your Countertop Space

If there’s one thing you’re stuck with in your kitchen, it’s the amount of countertop space you have to work with – right? Actually, that’s not quite true. While you might not have room to put in more cabinets and cupboards, you can do more with the space you have.

Use a sink cover, over-sink cutting board or over-sink strainer or colander to maximize worktop space. Need to set out snacks while you’re entertaining? Invest in some burner covers and a large cutting board or tray to turn your stove top into an extra sideboard. If you have the room, a kitchen island can give you additional worktop space. In many European countries, kitchen layouts include work surfaces that fold down from the wall, often with shelving behind for extra storage space that’s hidden when the table is folded up and not in use. If you don’t feel like installing a Murphy table, a drop-leaf table can do much of the same work.

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Use Vertical Space

You may have limited storage space in your cupboards, but you probably have a lot of unused storage space on your walls. A pegboard over the stove makes a handy place to store cooking utensils. Spice racks and magnetic knife racks are easy to hang on the walls in the slim spaces between cupboards and countertops. Install an over-the-sink dish drainer, like they use in some Scandinavian countries, to dry those hand-washed dishes and store your soap, sponges and other dishwashing implements.

Use magnetic jars to store spices on your refrigerator. Refrigerator magnets are also great for  towels, pot holders and chalkboards or dry-erase boards. Hanging baskets, rods with hooks, under-cabinet wine glass hangers and shelves are all great ways to make the most of your kitchen’s wall space.

Don’t feel confident enough to hang shelves? Add a bookcase to your kitchen. Bookcases are great for housing your cookbook collection, and they also provide plenty of shelf space to store dishes, canned and dry goods, pots and pans, small appliances and other sundries. Install some hooks on the side of your bookcase so you can hang up your aprons, towels, utensils and potholders.

Light It Up

Old light fixtures can make your kitchen look dated, and updating your kitchen lighting can transform the space. That’s why lighting is an essential part of any small kitchen remodel. Make your kitchen look bigger with updated lighting and a strategically placed mirror. It’s easy to change the light fixtures in your kitchen, and you can even bring more light in with a floor or table lamp tucked at the end of the countertop or placed discreetly in a corner. You’ll appreciate the extra light when you’re working or eating.

Hide Eyesores

Unless you just updated your kitchen, there’s probably something in there that’s a real eyesore. Maybe it’s a scratched-up, dented old refrigerator or outdated microwave. Maybe it’s an open space under the sink with exposed pipes or bottles of cleaner.

Hiding these ugly eyesores will make your kitchen look and feel more organized. Use adhesive vinyl to make your old, outdated and scratched-up appliances look like new. Use drawer liners to freshen up the appearance of cupboards and shelves. Slap a fresh coat of paint on your worn-out kitchen cabinets. Update the look of old floors with cushy, comfortable kitchen mats or an area rug.

Add Some Color

You can use color to personalize your small kitchen without sacrificing precious space. Place a mini herb garden on your kitchen windowsill to bring vibrancy and life to both your décor and your cooking. Add personality with brightly painted cabinets and coordinating wallpaper. Nice tea towels, fresh flowers and complementary kitchen implements can bring a touch of artistry to your space.

Got a small kitchen? It doesn’t have to hold you back. Use smart storage and design to make the most of the space you have and turn your kitchen from cramped to cozy.

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