Living the #TinyKitchen Life? Keep Cooking With These Compact Appliances

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Living with a super tiny kitchen? (Me, too.) You're probably always making tough decisions based on what you can and can’t do in your space. And sometimes it probably feels like a big puzzle. Living with a tiny kitchen often means that you can’t even fit standard-sized appliances in your cook space. But the good news is, there are lots of options out there for more compact appliances designed especially for people like us.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite compact appliances for anyone who's trying to make their tiny kitchen as functional as possible. Take a look:

SMEG 24-Inch Two-Door Refrigerator

Photo by: West Elm

West Elm

If you’re a fan of the vintage look, you might fall in love with this slim SMEG refrigerator. This retro-style fridge comes in 11 different colors and can be ordered with either a right- or left-hinge door, which ensures it will work best in your kitchen no matter your layout.


Dishwasher Drawer

Photo by: Fisher & Paykel

Fisher & Paykel

If you love the idea of a refrigerator or freezer drawer, then you'll be smitten with this dishwasher drawer. This is a great solution for a kitchen where you may not even have space for a slim dishwasher. Believe it or not, you can fit up to 12 plates inside.

18-Inch Dishwasher

Photo by: Bosch


This super slim dishwasher can fit into most tiny kitchens. It’s a great choice for a smaller family or a couple. Despite its small size, you can still fit about 10 place settings in each load. Buttons and controls are also hidden on the door, so the dishwasher will look super sleek in your space.


Cube Microwave

Photo by: Amazon


Counter space is truly precious in a tiny kitchen. This means that a compact cube microwave is a perfect choice when you don’t have a lot of room. If you don’t have any space on your counter, consider putting your microwave on top of your fridge or even on a separate cart in your kitchen.


Counter-Depth 24-Inch Refrigerator

Photo by: Summit Appliance

Summit Appliance

We have this tall, skinny Summit refrigerator in our tiny kitchen, and it’s a great choice if you want a full-size fridge but are stuck with just a narrow space. A typical refrigerator is usually 30 to 36 inches wide, so you really enjoy some significant space savings with a 24-inch-wide model like this one. If you have the vertical space and simply lack the space for a wider fridge, using one like this might be the perfect choice for you.


24-Inch Gas Oven

Photo by: Frigidaire


Most average stoves are 30 inches wide, but this Frigidaire model clocks in at only 24 inches wide. It’s a gas oven, so it will still appeal to anyone who likes that flexibility when cooking; it just requires much less real estate in your tiny kitchen. With a cooktop and an oven, it’s a great choice for cooks and bakers alike.

Compact Washer + Dryer

Photo by: Electrolux


If you’re lucky to have space for a washer and dryer, chances are you will need a compact version. This pair from Electrolux is a great choice for apartment dwellers; the dryer is electric and doesn't need to be vented the same way that a classic gas dryer does.

Washer: $899,; Dryer: $899,

Slim Wine Cooler

Photo by: Koolatron at Hayneedle

Koolatron at Hayneedle

For tiny kitchen dwellers who are also wine lovers, you might be willing to give up some of your precious counter space for a wine fridge like this one. This slim wine cooler is perfect, as it’s only 12 inches wide.

20 Small Kitchen Makeovers You Won't Believe

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Our Top Small Kitchen Transformations

We've rounded up some of the best-ever small kitchen remodels from HGTV's biggest stars. Read on to see how Anthony Carrino, Nicole Curtis and more have taken spaces from dated and cramped to chic and efficient.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Before: Fixer Upper

Though this kitchen is not the tiniest, the dark cabinets and blue walls make the space feel smaller and keep it from reaching its full potential.  

After: Fixer Upper

After a makeover from HGTV's Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, this kitchen feels far larger, even with a center island. By removing the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the entire home feels more open. The original cabinets were painted white for a fresh look that also reflects light.  

Before: I Hate My Kitchen

As seen on DIY Networks' I Hate My Kitchen, dated appliances and lack of color call for a serious makeover in this plain-Jane kitchen.

Photo By: Jenn Ackerman / Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

After: I Hate My Kitchen

With new appliances and a trendy color scheme, this kitchen is barely recognizable. Host James Young removed one wall, opening up the space and connecting the kitchen to the dining room.

Photo By: Jenn Ackerman / Getty Images ©2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Before: Income Property

As seen on HGTV's Income Property, this basement apartment was dark, dingy and totally dated. Ugly vinyl floors and dark cabinetry left a lot to be imagined.  

After: Income Property

Without adding a single square foot, this room feels far more spacious with white upper cabinets, attractive wood flooring and contemporary appliances. By keeping the cabinets light on top, the entire space feels more open and airy.  

Before: Meg's Great Rooms

For this busy family, a kitchen this size was just far too small, and the bland white cabinets and paneled walls certainly didn't help.  

After: Meg's Great Rooms

After designer Meg Caswell worked her magic, this space boasts sleek black cabinets and brand new appliances. Recessed and under-cabinet lighting illuminate the contemporary space.

Before: Beach Flip

This petite kitchen has plenty of storage space, but the dated wood cabinets and bright yellow paint are in need of a refresh.  

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

After: Beach Flip

After the makeover, this sweet space boasts bright white cabinets, a soothing light blue paint color, and new stainless steel appliances. Wood planks laid vertically visually elongate the space.

Before: Beach Flip

As seen on HGTV's Beach Flip, this tight kitchen was nothing but tacky blue walls and overpowering white cabinetry.

Photo By: Todd Douglas / Getty Images

After: Beach Flip

The white cabinets were taken to the ceiling and given glass doors for a less extreme look. The homeowners were able to keep the blue with a softer shade in a beautiful glass tile backsplash that creates more depth and texture within the space.  

Before: Rehab Addict

This kitchen had good bones, but water damage that warped the lower cabinets had made half the small space unusable.  

After: Rehab Addict

As she's known to do, host Nicole Curtis of HGTV's Rehab Addict was able to save the space with new hardwood flooring and gorgeous marble countertops. The new look feels more spacious and is definitely more functional with brand new lower cabinets with a fresh coat of white paint.

Before: Kitchen Crashers

As seen on DIY Network's Kitchen Crashers, storage was at a premium in this cramped kitchen which also housed outdated, non-functioning appliances.

Photo By: Scott A. Miller

After: Kitchen Crashers

After an extreme makeover, which involved moving the kitchen into the roomier living room, this space is a vision with custom cabinets, new appliances and stunning quartz countertops.  

Before: Rehab Addict

This tiny kitchen, featured on HGTV's Rehab Addict, was lacking more than just space. Basic appliances and floors would be the first addition.

After: Rehab Addict

The creamy wall color instantly adds visual space to this once-formidable kitchen. New floors and white appliances also contribute to the room's adorable new look.  

Before: Flip or Flop

Aside from the fact that this kitchen was extremely outdated, the square tile backsplash and linoleum floor were way too much in this small space.  

Photo By: unknown

After: Flip or Flop

After the redesign, hosts Tarek and Christina El Moussa were able to give the room a much more open, relaxed vibe. Sleek cabinets, neutral floors and a lovely new backsplash keep this kitchen looking fresh and up to date.  

Before: Property Brothers

The dark cabinets in this outdated kitchen made the entire room feel dark, depressing and small.  

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

After: Property Brothers

Now this kitchen feels airy and bright with beautiful white cabinets, new appliances and a backsplash that introduces a stylish pattern to the space.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Before: Kitchen Cousins

Old wooden cabinets darkened this kitchen, while black and white tile flooring overpowered the small space.  

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

After: Kitchen Cousins

By swapping the black-and-white tiles for a beautiful wood floor, HGTV's Kitchen Cousins were able to create a softer look in this newly redesigned space. A bright pop of orange is a fun accent that draws the eye up for a bold visual impact.  

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Photo By: Chris Amaral

Before: Love It or List It, Too

The layout in this kitchen simply wasn't functional, and the fridge was so small that the homeowners had to keep a separate freezer. 

Photo By: Farah Nosh / Getty Images

After: Love It or List It, Too

After the makeover, this space is simply divine with stunning white cabinetry, new applainces and an open floor plan that connects the kitchen to the living and dining rooms.  

Before: Kitchen Cousins

Before its makeover, this kitchen featured dated appliances and too many tiles that fought for attention in the small space.  

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

After: Kitchen Cousins

Hosts John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino took down a wall separating the kitchen and dining room to create a better flow in this bright space. The long kitchen island helps to highlight the length of the newly remodeled kitchen.

From: Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri

Before: Property Brothers

Before the renovation, this galley kitchen was closed off by walls, making it extremely cramped and barely functional.  

After: Property Brothers

Thanks to HGTV's Property Brothers, this kitchen was given a brand new look by knocking down a wall, creating a seamless transition from room to room. The new kitchen features all-new appliances, granite countertops and gorgeous white cabinetry.  

Before: Run My Makeover

There's simply no space to move around in this itty-bitty kitchen, and the cabinets make the entire room feel darker.  

After: Run My Makeover

By knocking down a wall and a section of cabinets, the kitchen can flow into the living and dining rooms. The interesting gray and white backsplash adds instant texture, while cabinets with a soft cream finish provide great storage and keep the space looking bright.  

Before: Kitchen Cousins

This tiny kitchen screamed builder grade and was in desperate need of better lighting and a brighter look.  

After: Kitchen Cousins

This space was totally reworked to create a seamless transition from kitchen to dining area. By adding new cabinets on the wall and tearing down the area between the kitchen and dining space, there is even room for a work station.

Before: Love It or List It, Too

This kitchen was far too small for homeowners who loved to entertain, and the room was in need of more natural light.

After: Love It or List It, Too

After installing new window pane doors, the combination kitchen and dining room has plenty of natural light, and guests can freely move around in this much more open space.  

Before: Run My Makeover

Full of personality but too bright for such a small space, this kitchen needed a more toned-down look.  

After: Run My Makeover

A new color palette and brand-new cabinets soften the look of this petite kitchen. White subway tiles and stainless steel appliances reflect light, visually enlarging the space.  

Before: Spice Up My Kitchen

Cramped and with very limited storage, this pitiful before seen on HGTV's Spice Up My Kitchen is in serious need of a facelift.  

After: Spice Up My Kitchen

Now, this small kitchen feels much larger with lighter cabinets, bright wood floors and more functional storage spaces.  

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