Designing small kitchens


Designing small kitchens

When it comes to designing small kitchens, you are often dictated by the overall size of the room

If you cannot make structural changes or extend to achieve the space you want, there are still other things you can do to make a difference in your overall space.

Function is probably the most important factor when it comes to designing small kitchens. The entire space you have needs to work in the most efficient way possible.


Make a list before you start thinking of kitchen designs. Look at how you use your current kitchen, what you like and dislike. Consider your appliances, the sink area, storage and workspace, what you enjoy doing in your kitchen and what you would like to be different.

Clear the clutter on your workspace, lack of workspace is often a big problem in small kitchens. Keeping it clutter free will help maximise the working space, there are lots of solutions now available which can help keep your clutter hidden. Clever storage solutions such as larders and magic corners can help make the most of your cupboard space, whist keeping your appliances close at hand.

Good lighting can make a big difference to small kitchens, by helping illuminate dark areas, highlighting cabinets and maximising the appearance of your floor space by using plinth lights and light reflecting materials in your kitchen such as high gloss units.

Don’t try to cram too much into your kitchen, keep what you use regularly and be realistic of what your kitchen can accommodate. When designing smaller kitchens its best to keep the design consistent in terms of decor, furniture and flooring to try and create the illusion of more space. Neutral colour schemes will help the room appear lighter and brighter.

When it comes to kitchen appliances there are many space saving options available now for small kitchens. Compact ovens, microwaves, slimline dishwashers, linear design hobs, you may want to consider having a separate chest freezer for your garage saving more space in your kitchen area.

If you are considering a new kitchen and would like our design team to plan your kitchen, call us for a consultation.

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  • Sean Evennett