Hidden Spaces in Your Small Kitchen

Employ these designer strategies to make a petite kitchen feel roomier and more user-friendly.

  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends


All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.


Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail


A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Double Wide Kitchen Pantry

Are you struggling to design a smart kitchen in a small space? You're in good company — there isn't a kitchen designer in the business who hasn't shared your pain.

It can be difficult to pack maximum form and function into a minimal footprint, says kitchen and bath designer Joanne Cannell. Cannell works in San Francisco, where space commands quite a premium. She has an arsenal of strategies she uses to create space in surprising places.

Borrow Nearby Space

The kitchen space you desperately need doesn't actually have to be in the kitchen. The pantry is actually a dining room closet, adjacent to but not inside the kitchen, that Cannell remade into a super-functional pantry and microwave nook. The pantry features tray storage, deep adjustable drawers and a pull-out counter space underneath the microwave.

"When you install drawers like this, make sure they're adjustable to accommodate changing needs," Cannell says. "And note that the pull-outs are flush with the opening. I always recommend frameless cabinets in small spaces instead of those with face frames - that inch everywhere can make a real difference."


« Previous123 56

We Recommend...

Small Space Kitchen Design Suggestions

Small Space Kitchen Design Suggestions

Find hints and tricks for making a small kitchen feel open, efficient and comfortable.

20+ Tips for Turning Your Small Kitchen Into an Eat-In Kitchen

20+ Tips for Turning Your Small Kitchen Into an Eat-In Kitchen

Do tight kitchen quarters force you to eat meals while standing over the kitchen sink? Nosh in shame no more: Leading design...

(23 photos)
No Space in the Kitchen

No Space in the Kitchen

Genevieve explains that this "small" kitchen really has a lot of space.

(video 02:08)

HGTV Kitchen & Bath Newsletter

See the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom design, with ideas and how-tos for everything from easy weekend updates to planning your dream kitchen or bath.