Small kitchens may present a design challenge, but they can also be a step-saving model of efficiency.
- Creativity is required to find storage in a small kitchen. Try using a hinged stair tread to store small items like a phone book.
- Manufacturers are making smaller-scaled appliances that work well in small kitchens -- for example, refrigerators only 24 inches deep as opposed to the standard 30-inch model.
- You don't have to give things up in a small kitchen if you try a different approach. If you have room for only a small bowl sink, try using one that is deeper than average.
- Pantry storage with units that go floor to ceiling provide maximum storage.
- If your kitchen is at least 12 to 15 feet wide, it can accommodate freestanding storage in the center (usually an island) that is convenient from any spot in the kitchen.
- Use space-saving design ideas for an eating area in a small kitchen: a banquette with storage underneath; a drop table; a small round table and two chairs tucked in a corner.
- The galley kitchen, which lines up cabinets and appliances on either side of a corridor, is one of the most popular designs for small spaces. Everything is within easy reach for the cook.