Everyone dreams of a spacious kitchen, with high ceilings and tonnes of natural light pouring through huge windows. Though, in reality, most of us have to make do with a smaller, oddly shaped kitchen space.
If your current kitchen feels cramped, and space hasn’t been used to its full potential, the thought of a complete design is ideal.
That’s why we have put together some clever space-saving ideas to help you transform your kitchen, so you never feel like a claustrophobic cook again. This guide will help you make use of your space properly.
1. Compact Appliances
If you have old, dated and oversized appliances, these could be taking up a huge amount of usable space. Understandably, you’ve probably lusted after some of the latest technology from big-name domestic brands and can’t wait to see the back of your old appliances.
When space is tight, investing in newer, compact appliances is a great choice, yet can come with a price.
If you want to be cost-savvy and make a huge saving on new appliances, a great way to get outstanding deals is by buying graded or ex display appliances online. These appliances receive rigorous testing to ensure they’re up to scratch. They may come with a few small scuffs or dents, that can easily be fixed and the resulting discount can be hundreds off the price.
2. Swap Your Table For a Kitchen Island
You would be forgiven for believing that adding a kitchen island to a small kitchen is a terrible idea. However, in a long thin kitchen, an island can be an excellent way to add extra storage and workable surface space, whilst keeping the kitchen a sociable place.
It’s also a good idea to choose an island which has plenty of storage space underneath, which can be used to storage away items such as tea towels and place mats.
If the island overhangs slightly too, this will ensure that all of the stools fit easily and neatly underneath, avoiding any potential trips and falls.
3. Opt For a Crisp Colour Scheme
A great way to make a small kitchen feel much bigger than it is, is by opting for a more neutral colour scheme. Don’t limit yourself to just beige and cream though, explore colours such as duck egg blue too. A neutral colour, matched with white pattern tiles and marble worktops will create a modern space which bounces light around, making the kitchen feel much more spacious.
4. Don’t Let Space Go To Waste
You may have your heart set on a specific kitchen cupboard, appliance or other piece of furniture, yet your kitchen doesn’t have the room. If this is the case, potentially consider a slimline design. Slimline designs will still provide the vital extra storage space you need, yet won’t take up much needed space.
5. Tidy Your Work Surface
If you’ve found that there are too many items cluttering up the worktops, potentially consider clever solutions like wall-mounted magnetic knife strips, rails to hang utensils, pans, mugs, spice jars and storage bins. Take time to also consider what you need to have to hand every day, such as cutting boards, wooden spoons, cutlery etc, and what can be stored away until it’s needed.
If you’re in need of a new kitchen, and want to free up some much needed space, try our above tips. See how much usable space you could create!