Small Kitchen Appliances

Update your cooking space in a snap by reducing the countertop clutter with small kitchen appliance storage solutions. Placing appliances out of sight will maximize space and efficiency.
Small Industrial Style Kitchen With Red Cabinets

Small Industrial Style Kitchen With Red Cabinets

A sturdy wood countertop with bright red drawers lends this kitchen an industrial feel.

By: Alison Miller

Small kitchens operate best when pared down to the bare necessities. This often means which means eliminating extras like space-hogging appliances. However, small kitchen appliances can often be easily concealed.

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Before you banish your coffee pot completely, consider these design solutions for conveniently storing your appliances, swapping them for smaller models or cleverly concealing them in your small kitchen.

Kitchens are high-traffic zones, making them prime candidates for clutter, but you can minimize countertop chaos by tucking away unsightly kitchen appliances. Among the most common small appliances to linger on countertops are coffee makers, toasters, crock pots and blenders. Take back your cook prep space by finding these appliances a home inside a deep cabinet that's convenient to the spot you like to operate them. Take it a step further and build out a cabinet, from its existing base to the top of the counter for an appliance garage that can accommodate your gadgets. Though it doesn't save you counter space, it does spare you a gaggle of unsightly wires. On the appliance garage, opt for a traditional cabinet door or distinguish it with a roll-up breadbox-style opening. For maximum efficiency, install electrical outlets inside.

If you can't tuck away an appliance because of its large scale, then integrate it into your kitchen decor. This brand of customized concealing can be achieved with paneled-front refrigerators and dishwashers to match the surrounding cabinetry for a seamless blend. The uniformity of integrating appliances in this way conveys a feeling of spaciousness in a small kitchen.

Another option for making more room in your small kitchen is to downsize your appliances — literally. European appliances are typically much smaller than American models, although they work just as well. Gourmets may cringe initially, but an under-counter refrigerator drawer is a space-saving alternative to the upright behemoths we're most familiar with. A refrigerator/freezer combo drawer installed within the kitchen cabinetry is a smart design solution and ideal for cramped galley-style layouts.

There are, however, some appliances that make the countertop cut: namely, the coffee maker. Find common ground by establishing a coffee station on your kitchen counter. Enhance it with streamlined accessories, like a floating shelf below the cabinetry to stack coffee cups and a tray filled with spoons and sweeteners. For these appliances that we can't live without being in plain sight, make sure that they mimic the design style of your space. If you have a modern aesthetic, then look for appliances with sleek, shiny finishes to complement a contemporary decor. Vintage-style preferences are best matched with nostalgic appliances such as a standout Smeg refrigerator.

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