Kitchen Renovation For Small Kitchen: A larger kitchen is more difficult to design and can include all the things you want (mine includes a hot water tap, breakfast cupboard, and bar area), but you can still make the most of your tiny space and keep your style and practicality. Let’s see how it works.
Take A Look At What You Are Working With
You might have thought of moving to another room or even extending outside. But if that is not possible, there are still other options.
It is important to maximize all space (I mean every inch) in the most efficient and visually appealing manner. You can plan your small kitchen renovation with great skill. This will allow you to be familiar with every part of the space before construction or refitting starts.
Consider your entire kitchen, including its footprint, wall placements, window, and door openings. You can move a window to make a better opening. You could also move a wall. Do this before your kitchen design.
Consider the height of your ceiling, the location of your boiler or pipework, and any beams or columns. These factors could affect the cabinet size and placement of appliances, sink, tap, etc. It is important to think carefully before you move any electrics or plumbing. The cost can be significant.
Declutter, Purge And Let Go
This is true for any type of renovation, but it’s especially important when you are renovating a small kitchen. You can take this opportunity to evaluate what you have in the kitchen. You can recycle or sell anything that you don’t need, or move items if you have the space. You should be open and honest about your clutter.
Choose The Layout
L-shaped and galley kitchens are best suited for small spaces. They provide storage and prep space and a layout that is easy to use. Galley layouts have two parallel runs of units.
The sink is usually located on one side, while the oven is on the other. There are plenty of storage options on both sides. You should avoid including too many tall cabinets as this could make the space feel smaller.
You should opt for a full-height unit bank at one end with appliances integrated into lower-height units. These units could be used to store a tambour or larder unit, along with space for worktop space.
Are You Wondering If It Is Possible To Have An Island?
It’s good news! A similar solution is possible with an L-shaped layout. A typical island can take up a lot of space in small kitchen renovations. However, a peninsula, or the shorter arm of an ‘L’, can make better use of space.
It can also double as a breakfast bar and prep area. You can easily store your worktop, pull-out worktop, or trolley in the event that you are having trouble fitting this arrangement into your kitchen design. Clever.
Streamline Your Appliances
Built-in appliances are better than freestanding. Keep surfaces clear and consider different depths of drawers and units. Modern innovations provide more options for spaces with restricted space, including a wider variety of cavity sizes, drawer depths, and lengths.
Take Care When Choosing A Storage
While pull-out units are essential, you need to consider what you will use them for. It can be tiring to pull out large corner carts to get the small bowls you use every day. A tall larder unit can be a better option and will allow even the smallest cupboards to be used for the storage of condiments, bottles, and jars.
You can overcome any awkward space with custom cabinetry that is designed to address specific problems such as tight corners, high ceilings, or sloped ceilings. Off-the-shelf, in-unit storage solutions are also useful – think drawer separators, plate holders, and spice racks as well as under-sink cleaning caddies.
Also, remember to consider the height of your kitchen. You could even put storage up to the ceiling. A stylish ladder could be an additional practical and decorative addition.
If you are short on space, slide-away or fold-away options might be a good option. A pull-out cutting board, which can be stored on the worktop or a removable sink cover that doubles as a part of the worktop, will maximize the usable space and keep the area tidy. A pocket door that retracts into the channels on either side of a unit is another space-saving option.
Make Sure You Are Right In Front Of The Light
Small spaces can feel dark and cramped. This is why natural light and a well-thought-out lighting plan are so important. You may have an already light-filled space in your kitchen if it is at the front or rear of your house.
If it’s located in the middle of a property or has only small windows, you need to prioritize ways to bring more light into the space. This will make it feel larger. Sun tunnels and roof lights, which reflect natural sunlight through a tube coming from an exterior opening, can bring in lots of light.
They can also be used for daytime task lighting if they are strategically placed. You can also borrow light from adjacent rooms, if that is not possible, by switching solid doors for glazed and etched glass options.
Layer bright task lighting with subtle ambient lighting when it comes to artificial light. To help lighten dark areas (and give a nice glow), use shelf, under-cabinet, and in-unit lighting. Then add more focused spots or pendants to your task lighting. For maximum flexibility, add a dimmer switch.
Make Smarter Decisions About Appliances
A small kitchen renovation doesn’t have to mean you have to give up on your dream kitchen or compromise on the technology that you can use. You should be more careful with your appliances than you would if you had a large kitchen.
Look for compact, multifunctional designs that still offer high-quality functions and are easy to use every day. You don’t need a kettle if you have a tap that boils water. Many built-in ovens also offer a microwave function.
A few questions to think about: How often do you use your sandwich maker? Are you really going to need a coffeemaker, a kettle, and a percolator? You can refer back to my previous point about decluttering (see below).
Don’t Forget Air Quality
This section is essential. Although it sounds tedious, this is an essential part of the knowledge base, I promise. Why? Good ventilation and airflow are crucial. Good extraction is key to keeping indoor pollutants at bay and freshening the air. It’s not necessary that a system be intrusive.
Telescopic extractors are the latest design. They can be hidden away when not in use. If you have a small kitchen, where space is important, look for extractors that are specifically designed to pull the ducting down from the back of the kitchen cabinets.
Make sure that the extraction rate is sufficient for the type and amount of cooking you are doing. You may need to get Building Regulations approval for major ventilation changes.
Have Fun With The Finishes (The Fun Part!)
You can create the illusion of more space by carefully selecting the finishing touches, even in tight spaces. The feeling of space will be affected by the choice of colors, gloss or matt finish, work surfaces, tiling, and flooring.
A small kitchen will feel larger if it has neutral or lighter finishes. Mirrored surfaces and work surfaces can also make the space appear bigger. Handleless cabinets, on the other hand, are more pleasing to the eye because they don’t draw attention and have clean lines. You can still choose bold and dark colors in a small space.
These may absorb light but you can bounce it around and create visual interest. Keep the darker colors to the base units and introduce lighter colors through worktops, tall units, lighting, splashbacks, and splashbacks.
Compact kitchens can be difficult – both when it comes to renovating a small one or when you have to share the space with others – but these tips will help you maximize every inch of space while still achieving your dream kitchen. They say that good things often come in small packages.