Practical tips for small kitchens
Size isn’t everything. Maximise limited space and make your kitchen work for you with our top tips…
A small kitchen can be difficult to move around in. Pots become piled precariously on top of the surfaces, the hob, even the microwave, and cooking with someone else in the room can feel like a game of dodgems.
But fear not – just because you live in a small house or flat, it doesn’t mean you have to give up on home-cooked meals. With a few 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 home chef
Like to think of yourself as the next Gordon Ramsay? It can be hard being a hands-on chef in a tiny kitchen. Where are you supposed to chop and peel your veg when the worktop is only just big enough for a spice rack and a cutlery jar? 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 versatile appliances
Don’t want to clog up worktop space with cooking appliances?
A mini-microwave with curved corners to fit in any little nook or cranny is the answer.
The Hotpoint Solo has automatic defrosting, so you can defrost and heat up your food with just one setting. Two entry points mean your food is always evenly cooked, and it’s so lightweight you’ll barely notice it – until it prepares you a delicious feast, that is.
The Sunday roast has defeated many a small-kitchen cook. While one thing’s roasting, a whole load of other dishes must wait on the worktop ‘til some oven space opens up.
This Samsung Dual Cool Flex is a roasting whizz. Fit everything you need into the oven at once thanks to Dual Cook tech, so you can keep your worktops free. Its slimline design means it fits nicely in most mini-kitchens – plus, an A+ energy rating keeps bills to a minimum. Winner winner, roasted dinner.
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. Got loads of leftovers? Samsung's SpaceMax Technology means you’ve plenty of space to store them, in the Samsung Integrated Smart 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 the stainless steel Kenwood Slimline Dishwasher
- Miniature coffee machine to keep the party going once dinner’s over. Try the Tassimo by Bosch Happy Coffee Machine – you’d never guess such a small design could make 36 different delicious drinks, enough to keep every guest happy.
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
Build a tiny kitchen that works for you – check out our range of kitchen appliances