Great guide to your small kitchen
Are you looking for inspiration for great solutions to a small problem? The tiny kitchen, the mini kitchen, the narrow kitchen - they are all great kitchens if you plan them right. Here is an inspiring guide with basic advice for when you are decorating your narrow kitchen and when you renovate a small kitchen.
A small kitchen in a great room
Naturally you have your own reasons for choosing a small kitchen - but that might not be limited space. An atelier type studio apartment can look impressive with a small kitchen with precise design to accentuate the room. Small can be an inspiring style choice, and if so, we are quite inspired by this Instagram account Instagram on Small Kitch - that might also inspire your #SmallKitchen
How to master the small kitchen
Small can be cute as a style - but in most cases the small kitchen is not a choice. It is a limitation to your dreams, functionalities and free space - and Danish design is up for that challenge. Danish design is packed with functionalities inteligently integrated in clear and strong design that masters the busy everyday and in your kitchen - be it large or small.
How to beat the limitations of the small kitchen
Small is definitely beautiful, but in most cases the room dimensions make the rules. Sometimes the small kitchen is ‘simply’ small – sometimes it is also odd, meaning ‘narrow and small’ or with a low ceiling. You are, of course, trying to make choices that make it a pleasant room to be in – through functional organisation, your choice of cabinets for your small kitchen, but also lighting, colour and even how you handle exhaust. Danish design makes a big difference – but you will have to make the right choices.
Studio-style kitchens make sense if you have simple needs - and you can leave many functions out of your project. But if you need to do real cooking and are looking for a scaled down version of a large family kitchen, then you must prioritise. Cooking? Baking? Fridge, freezer - and what about quality time with a cup of coffee and a bit of reading, what about breakfast?
Normal cooking, for 1 person or for a family, means you have start with the worktop decision. It needs to answer the questions: where is the sink placed? where will the chopping taking place? where can I place my cooking hob? What is my ventilation/exhaust solution?
Nowhere is a free, clear worktop more essential than in the small kitchen. If the worktop cannot be big, it should at least provide enough space for food preparation - and it should be the first thing you planning solves.
- Never place the sink next to the wall - allow for accessible workspace on both sides of the sink
- Integrated cooking hobs also need free space - and distance to especially the sink.
- Avoid storing or placing electric gadgets permanently on the worktop where they take up precious work space
- Avoid storage of small items like cups or condiments on the worktop where they take up space
In a small kitchen, you will need to optimise the walls for storage - and if you do real cooking, proper upper cabinets are a better storage solution than shelves - protecting from vapours and giving you more storage and as well as a finished look. Check out our catalogue to explore the options for high cabinets.
How to optimise your narrow kitchen
In many cases, the galley kitchen is the model that optimises the space. The 'chef' has everything readily available - in front or right behind. However, there is little room for Chef 2 - but we suggest you look at our guide to the kitchen's 5 work zones - because it does not have to be a One Man Band.
Lighting for the narrow kitchen
Another important element is to avoid the narrow kitchen seeming dark. Prioritise natural light if you can, and try to flood with warm light - see our selection of kitchen lighting here.
Choose an "oasis"
It gives an air of calm and being on top of things if there is a little corner that is not just for kitchen chores.
Small kitchens have a crush on Danish design
Though you might have a bohemian style in mind, with open shelving, Danish design really is a great match for the small kitchen. Our XXL cabinets offer 40% more volume for storage, and should you decide to handpick small versions of various appliances, we can integrate them into the cabinets to give the kitchen a full tailormade appearance. And if you need high storage for glass ware or condiments, you will really appreciate closed high cabinets - you can get them in our designs or in cool, modern rippled glass.
Small kitchens are intimate
Though you can't change the dimensions, you can embrace the smaller size, making your kitchen appear less restrained and cramped - with details that accentuate the intimacy or underline the character.
Use colour with care
White "expands" the room, but only to a certain extent. Nuances of a bright colour can give a pleasant and spacious 3D shadow effect.
Colour contrasts are more likely to become overwhelming in small rooms, so keep it monochrome.