Hidden Spaces in Your Small Kitchen

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

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Galley Kitchen with Storage

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Often the extra space you need in your kitchen is right in front of you, disguised by awkward arrangements. Free it up by freeing your mind — almost any composition is fair game. Cannell made this kitchen more functional by essentially swapping the sink and the refrigerator, which moved the sink out into the open and made room for an appliance garage and broom closet next to the refrigerator. "The room is much more comfortable this way," Cannell says. "The counters are less cluttered because the toaster and blender go in the appliance garage and the sink is now next to an eat-in bar so the person washing dishes doesn't feel closed in."

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