Ah, the joys of a small kitchen. Said no one, ever. But all hope is not lost! Save for using your oven for storing pots and pans when you it isn't actually in use, below are three tips for the space-starved kitchen, which is so often the place of impromptu gatherings and lavish evenings in more amply endowed homes, but presents a challenge for apartment owners and other small-space dwellers. Check 'em out!
1. If you can stomach it, give open shelving another chance.
We know, we know. Open shelving is very divisive and we're not saying it's for everyone. But a small kitchen demands clever organization and measures that make the space feel a bit larger, even if it's only an optical illusion. One such way is keeping closed cabinetry to a minimum or, if you have the budget, investing in glass-paned cabinetry. Some renters have been known to take the doors off their kitchen cabinetry for a more open look, but we'll leave that decision to you.
Use every square inch of your kitchen: Don't forget about your walls!
Coveted square footage may be scarce, but if you have walls you're in luck. Places like HAY Design, Ikea, and more offer sleek wall storage that, in addition to looking great, will keep objects of a variety of sizes (think rolling pins, kitchen scissors, twine, thermometers) in an easy-to-reach place.
We've said it once and we'll say it again: modular, movable furniture is your friend!
Kitchen carts are a perennial favorite of the space-starved for a reason. Store extra pots, pans, and other kitchen accoutrements on a cart and you can wheel it to an adjacent room when you need more space for moving around in the kitchen proper.