Designing the perfect kitchen with limited space

Published date: 31 January 2013 |
Published by: Reporter
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The kitchen, as the traditional saying goes, is the heart of the home: not only a place for cooking but dining and entertaining, too. As a result, many homeowners now give a lot of attention to the design of their kitchen, now spending an average of £8,000, including the cost of appliances such as a dishwasher.

When you are spending this sort of money on a new kitchen, it is important to ensure you come up with the perfect design, not only to suit your personal taste, but also to make the most of the space. If space is limited, the right design can make all the difference and give you a modern, practical, attractive kitchen with all mod cons including a dishwasher, something usually passed on owing to an adequate lack of room.

Making the most of your wall space

With a small kitchen area that has limited floor space, you should utilise wall space. Rather than focusing on having cupboards and units under the work surface, opt for wall-mounted units. This will leave you with more room under your work surfaces for appliances such as your dishwasher. You can also use your wall space for hooks, where you can hang utensils so that they’re not taking up valuable worktop space.

While reducing floor-standing units and cupboards means that appliances like your dishwasher can fit comfortably under your work surfaces, you also need to think about space for your pots and pans. Rather than taking up your workspace or cupboard space, you can look at fitting shelves, which can help to save space and be used for spice jars, utensils, cookbooks and mugs.

Saving room with appliances

Appliances take up a lot of room in the kitchen, so it is worth looking at ways you can save space by boxing clever when it comes to your white goods - like your dishwasher. Putting your washing machine under the work surface space can save you some room but what about your fridge freezer? Obviously, a standard fridge freezer won't fit, so instead you could consider opting for a separate fridge and freezer, both of which could slide snugly under the work surfaces, positioned next to one another for practicality.

Using the right furniture

Choosing the right furniture is another important point when designing a kitchen with limited space. For example, if you have a table and chairs in your small kitchen space, this can waste a lot of valuable space. Instead, you could consider fitting a breakfast bar up against spare wall and invest in some comfortable and stylish bar stools.

Placement of appliances

There are some appliances that need to be in your kitchen for practical purposes, such as your dishwasher and your fridge. However, you may want to consider finding another home for appliances that do not necessarily need to be in the kitchen, like your washing machine and dryer. If you have a utility area in your home or even an outhouse in the garden, you can consider these for your washer/dryer, thus saving additional space in your kitchen for other appliances.

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