Upgrading your kitchen may seem like a difficult challenge if you’re working with a smaller space; however, there are many ways that you can improve a small kitchen. For example, the following are just a few ways that you can improve the efficiency of a small kitchen area:
Use mirrored or a subway tile backsplash
When it comes to the backsplash, there are a lot of options. A lot of people just assume that it affords them the chance to add some personality to their kitchen’s visual design and not much else. While it is a great way to add a visual punch to the overall kitchen aesthetic, there are a few options that can make the kitchen feel much larger as well. For example, subway tiles will help make your kitchen feel wider, while a mirrored backsplash will increase the perception of space throughout.
Add floating shelves
If you need more storage space but don’t have the room to build more cabinets, then floating shelves are a good option. Because they remain open, they don’t take up as much space–and they’re flexible, which means you can put them up almost anywhere. For example, the space above your kitchen doorways often goes unused. Putting up a shelf there will allow you to store items that you rarely use, thereby freeing up space you need in your cabinets.
Build a breakfast counter
Is there a wall separating your small kitchen from the living room space? If there is, you should consider knocking part of it down. Opening your kitchen to the living room will help increase the perception of space and make your kitchen feel much less cramped. You can also build a breakfast counter that acts as a divider between your kitchen and living room that can work as an informal dining space (and that will allow guests to keep you company while you prepare meals when you’re entertaining).
Install taller kitchen cabinets
A lot of kitchen cabinets stop short of the ceiling, leaving a significant amount of space that goes unused. By installing kitchen cabinets that reach all the way to the top, you’ll have more storage space that you can make use of. You may also want to consider using glass cabinet doors. This will lend to a more open feeling in your smaller kitchen space.
Add a movable bar
If you’re lacking in counter space, a movable bar is a great feature to have. It allows you to add counter space whenever you need it–whether you’re prepping a meal or you want to give someone counter space to eat off of. And you can always just move it out of the way if you don’t need the additional counter space so that it doesn’t get in the way.
Install a pot rack
Pots and pans take up a lot of space in the kitchen cabinets. Their awkward shapes make it difficult to make use of that space efficiently. Installing a pot rack will allow you to hang those pots and pans from the ceiling, thereby freeing up space in your cabinets and making it easier to access your pots and pans when needed.
Improve your lighting
Good lighting is essential to creating an efficient kitchen space, no matter how small or big it is. Poor lighting tends to make space feel smaller than it is. Consider installing LED lighting beneath your upper counters to function as task lighting.
Use these small kitchen remodeling tips to improve your kitchen’s efficiency. For more advice or information about our Conestoga cabinets, contact Lifestyles Cabinetry and Millwork today.