Small Kitchen Hutch

Transform a small kitchen hutch from a solely decorative piece into functional storage space. Maximize an empty wall by displaying dishes on the shelves and stashing cooking tools in the cabinets.

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"Less is more" when it comes to outfitting a small kitchen, but that doesn't mean you have to live without extras like a decorative small kitchen hutch. Proudly fill an heirloom or rehabbed piece of furniture with a pretty display and tuck away kitchen essentials.

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Freestanding furniture like a hutch lends warmth and character to a kitchen of any size, while it also provides a smart storage solution for serving utensils and more. The cabinetry-inspired unit typically features an open network of shelves across several top rows and closed cabinetry on the bottom. The top portion of the hutch, usually measuring about 59 inches wide, 36 inches high and 8 inches deep, readily accommodates a pretty visual display of collected items and entertaining essentials.

Because visual clutter can minimize an already small space, approach your addition with an eye toward keeping things simple. We suggest simplicity through uniformity: pair like items together. For example, place rows of stemware, serving trays and even bottles of wine inside the open shelves or behind glass-front cabinets, depending on the style of the model.

To further minimize the substantial footprint of a hutch in a petite kitchen, paint the piece as an extension of your cabinets, coating it in the same color. Alternatively, stain the cabinetry unit to match another piece of kitchen furniture, like the kitchen table or the center island, for maximum uniformity. For the fearless homeowner, splash a vibrant accent color onto your hutch, making it a focal point.

Now, here comes the multitasking part: Inside the closed cabinets of a hutch, stash specific kitchen essentials, like entertaining supplies, designating the piece as the kitchen's entertaining zone. Think of stockpiling linens, candles, cake stands and such. To carry its storage viability one step further, use your stand-alone hutch as the kitchen pantry by outfitting cabinets with interior racks, drawers and baskets to bring order to your dry and non-perishable necessities.

It's helpful to note that, in a pinch, a baker's rack or a bookshelf can also offer similar attributes of a hutch. And for added flexibility, a hutch can easily work in a living room or office, too, if you no longer wish to keep it in the kitchen.

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