Times have been tight in the last few years, with many families opting to stay in smaller homes rather than move to larger, more expensive ones – even when they could use the extra space.
As a result, many homeowners find themselves with too little space in one of the most important rooms in the house: the kitchen. These days, kitchens aren’t just for cooking, but gathering, too! Having a kitchen that’s too small can impact you every single day.
If you have a small kitchen, these are some ways you can remodel it to make more space. These simple renovations cost significantly less than a big kitchen remodel, but lead to big improvements in everyday functioning and enjoyment.
1.) Let There Be Light
Fact: Dim spaces look smaller than bright, open ones. There’s something claustrophobic about a room that’s not bright enough, so if your small kitchen is also dim, you’re only amplifying that cramped feeling.
The solution: Redesign the room to unblock the windows, if they were blocked before. Make use of window covers that are easy to open and shut each day, such as drapes that slide to the sides or Venetian blinds that pull up. If you can, don’t cover the windows at all. You’ll want to make sure those windows are high-efficiency, so your uncovered windows don’t become a source of air leakage.
Does your small kitchen lack for windows? A skilled designer can install a variety of lighting to make the kitchen brighter, beyond your typical overhead lighting. Think under-cabinet lighting, track lighting, and other fixtures. Small kitchen remodeling starts with brightening the place up!
2.) Make Your Appliances Disappear
Finding creative ways to make the appliances disappear is part two. In a small kitchen where every square foot is valuable, you can’t have bulky appliances hogging the floor.
One way you can solve the problem is to install your appliances under cabinets or countertops, or even get them mounted on the wall. This is when a contractor really comes in handy: When you have someone who can build you custom cabinetry that fits like puzzle pieces in your space, you can arrange for your appliances to fit snugly beneath them. Knowledge of the electrical setup of the room – and how this limits appliance placement – is also necessary.
3.) De-clutter With Personalized Storage
Clear countertops and tables make kitchens look larger. As a result, a small kitchen remodel should incorporate ingenious storage that takes care of every need. Think drawers with built-in shelving (pictured), cabinets with extra shelving in the doors (pictured), and innovative fixtures for hanging pots and other things from the ceiling.
If you can manage to make what space you have clutter free, you’ll go a long way toward making your kitchen look bigger.
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