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wall mounted dish drainer rack

A wall mounted dish drainer will not only save precious work space in a small kitchen but can be easily folded away when not in use.

 

 

 

 

 

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shallow kitchen wall shelf hand painted

Running out of storage space in a small kitchen? Shallow wall shelves under wall cupboards provide extra storage space that is easy to access.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ideas for Small Kitchens

small galley kitchen

(Image by: Helmut Gevert)

 

Instead of a freestanding cooker, a built-in oven and cooktop (hob) combination will help a small kitchen look bigger by creating one continuous line along benchtops and kickboards. Also by integrating appliances such as dishwashers and fridges behind cabinet doors, the run of cabinet doors is not interrupted and can flow across the room.

A sink without a drainer makes the benchtop look more spacious and provides more work space. A portable draining tray can be used instead. The tray can easily be put away when not needed and can sometimes fit over the sink bowl to give extra work surface

small kitchen

Built-in oven and cooktop (hob), a sink without draining board and an integrated fridge behind cupboard doors make a small kitchen look more spacious. (Image by: Ivan aka "imikla" @ ikeafans.com)

 

 

 

A kitchen on legs also creates a visually larger space. To further increase the visual illusion of a bigger space, low-heat lighting may be used underneath the base cabinets to create a floating effect of the kitchen.

kitchen on legs

A kitchen on legs maximises the exposure of the floor and helps the kitchen look bigger.

 

Putting your microwave oven in a wall cabinet will not only maximise your bench space but will also reduce clutters on your benchtop, just make sure the microwave is mounted at a safe level for you to operate.

wall microwave

A wall mounted built-in microwave oven. (Image by Lasse aka "las"@ ikeafans.com)

 

Light reflective surfaces brighten up a small kitchen and make it feel more open.

Try not to use very large tiles on the floor and the wall in a small kitchen. Smaller tiles visually increase the size of the room.

You can choose from a huge range of compact kitchen appliances to suit your small kitchen: Narrow dishwashers (45cm), narrow cooktops/hobs, compact ovens or ovens combined with microwave functions, etc.

teka combine microwave oven

Two appliances in one: An oven combined with microwave functions. (Image by: Teka Australia)

 

Miele washer dryer

Combined washer/dryer is a great space saver in a small kitchen.

 

Install cupboards up to the ceiling to maximise storage in a small kitchen. Also glass cupboard doors make a small kitchen feel more open and less "boxed in".

yellow kitchen

Cupboards built up to the ceiling provide maximum storage and glass cupboard doors break up the boxiness of solid doors.

 

Use the empty wall space for storage. This will free up your bench space by making use of the empty space above your benchtop. The easiest way is to use one of those wall rail systems. You simply hang items wherever you like along the rail. For example, matching accessories such as hooks for hanging utensils, paper towel holders, cutlery holders, spick racks, dish drainers and wine glass holders can be positioned to suit your needs.

wall storage rail

Empty wall space can be used for storage in a small kitchen.

 

Many forgotten spaces can also be used for storage such as spaces under oven and behind kickboard to further increase storage in a small kitchen. These spaces are perfect for storing bulky and / or rarely used items.

kitchen plinth kickboard toe kick drawer for small kitchen from blum ikea

Wasted space behind toe kick in this small kitchen is used for storing bulky items.

 

kitchen under oven drawer for small kitchen from blum ikea

Shallow drawer under oven is handy for storing baking trays and racks.

 

Open shelves make a small kitchen look more open.

floating glass shelf

A glass open shelf lets light through and brightens up a small kitchen.

 

In a small kitchen, small knobs and handles may look less obtrusive than large chunky handles.

Sliding doors and roller doors require less space to open than swinging doors and are perfect for small and narrow kitchens.

roller door cupboard

Roller doors are great space savers in small kitchens.

 

Sliding door shallow pantry

Shallow pantries with sliding doors are ideal for small and narrow kitchens while pull-out drawers give easy access to the inside of pantries.

 

A pull-out table can give you extra work space when you need it and can be pushed back in to save room in the kitchen.

pull out table

A pull-out table gives you extra work space without sacrificing any floor space.

 

 

 

 

 

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