If you live in a small apartment with a tiny kitchen, finding the best way to maximise your kitchen space can be somewhat challenging and may require you to really think outside of the box. Luckily, there are a ton of design hacks and storage solutions that are here to save the day. Today, we look at 5 of our favourite design hacks, culled from our archive of tiny kitchens we love, so read on to find out more!
Double sinks are usually the norm in most kitchens, and although they come with a host of benefits, they also take up almost too much space if you are dealing with limited counter space. Single bowl sinks, on the other hand, are a great way to free up much needed counter space in a small kitchen and are thankfully big enough to wash large pots, pans and baking trays. Most city apartments in 2021 come equipped with a single bowl sink, leaving more space for essentials such as prepping ingredients, store utensils and dishing out delicious plates of food.
One of the downsides of a tiny kitchen is that it probably didn’t come with one of those Pinterest worthy marble islands that we all love to fantasise about — but hey, don’t let that stop you! Thankfully, there is a myriad of options when it comes to open islands and butcher blocks that are just the perfect size for even the tiniest home or apartment. Open islands, also known as island carts, are movable and can simply be pushed away when convenient. Additionally, your open island adds a ton of extra storage space to your kitchen for plates, cookware and other kitchen tools. They also double up as a make-shift breakfast bar in the morning which is always a great thing to have!
You’ve probably heard about the little design trick that so many uses in small spaces which is to utilise mirrors and reflective surfaces. Mirrors help to amplify light and can make a space look instantly bigger and more open. By replacing your existing splashback with a mirrored splashback, not only are you introducing more light into your kitchen area but you’ll also create the illusion of a much bigger space. Tinted mirror splashbacks also hide splatter well and are incredibly easy to clean, all great stuff when we’re talking about kitchens!
Drawer and cupboard space is often a luxury in small kitchens, which is why making full use of these spaces is vital. With such limited space, you’ve got to be incredibly organised if you want to fit all your items into the few drawers and cupboards in your space. The best way to do this is with drawer and cupboard organisers. These solutions offer a functional way to store your items and maximise your space. Breaking up your drawer and cupboard space allows you to store your items in the most space-efficient way possible and of course, away from plain sight. (PS: This is a tip that you can use in the bathroom, bedroom or anywhere else that may need a little TLC!).
Last but not least, it wouldn’t be right to end this article without paying some attention to hanging storage. If you’re looking to squeeze in as much storage as possible into your small kitchen, then installing a rail to your splashback or to the bottom of your wall-mounted cabinets is a great way to create extra hanging storage space. Hanging storage is ideal for cooking utensils, knives, pots, pans and even your tea towels. Hanging storage also gives the illusion of a more modern and industrial looking space if that is something that is up to your alley!
Is not having enough space in the kitchen somewhat annoying? Yes. Does that mean that you can’t do anything to maximise your space? No. We hope that today’s article has inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to maximising your kitchen space. Got any ideas that we haven’t covered today? Be sure to drop a comment and let us know!