Practical tips for small kitchens
Small kitchen problems? Maximise your limited space and make it work for you with our top tips…
Whether you’re buying your first house, or sharing a flat with friends, a small kitchen can take a bit of getting used to.
They can be difficult to move around in. Putting away groceries becomes a one-man job, or a comedy sketch of getting in each other’s way, while limited worktop space can leave you precariously piling pots and packets on top of your fridge and microwave.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. With a little planning you’ll soon grow to love your smaller space. With clever space-saving tricks and specially-designed appliances, you can create a small but perfectly formed kitchen without breaking the bank.
Handy hacks for the hands-on home chef
Like to wow your other half and friends with your cooking? It can be hard to be a flamboyant chef in a tiny kitchen – not enough space to chop and peel for your homemade Thai curry; dirty plates stacking up around you. Give yourself some breathing space with these hacks:
- Over-the-sink chopping board to create a space-saving food prep area for slicing and dicing
- Deep-pan drawers, pull-out larders or corner carousels to keep your cast-iron cookware cleared away
- Freestanding storage shelves with a block top so you’ve got extra storage and a chopping board on wheels
Save space with multitasking appliances
Everyone likes a good deal and combination appliances mean you only need 1 item in place of 2 or 3 different things - saving you valuable space in your kitchen.
Modern microwaves are about far more than beans on toast. An all-in-one microwave, oven and grill is a home cook’s best friend. Take this NEFF model, with 14 automatic cooking and defrosting programmes, you can go from pita bread pizzas to roasting a chicken rotisserie-style.
The Sunday roast has defeated many a small kitchen cook. Open the oven door to take out the roasties, and the kitchen walkway is completely blocked. The Neff Slide & Hide electric oven is perfect for small kitchens. Its innovative door slides underneath the oven so you can still move around your kitchen while the oven door is open.
Throw a (dinner) party in a phone box
Just because you’re confined to a miniscule kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t have friends round for dinner. There used to be a saying reserved for the coolest movers and shakers: ‘they can throw a party in a phone box’. Take inspiration with our tips for dining in dinky kitchens…
- Drop-down kitchen table that attaches to the wall and can be folded flat against it when not in use
- Skinny fridge that uses height rather than width to pack in groceries. Store wine bottles too with the rack in this BEKO integrated fridge freezer
- Slim dishwasher that's 15cm narrower than a full-size model but can still do 10 place settings in a single load. Try this Hotpoint
Once you have your kitchen sorted to accommodate guests, why not add a few classy touches? 10 ways to make a tiny kitchen look stylish
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