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7 Great Ideas for Maximizing Your Small Kitchen’s Efficiency

Blessed with a small kitchen? Amazing! Let’s learn how to properly use it to its maximum.

A tight space can work quite well when you use the right storage. Your kitchen should work in your favor, whether it’s big or small. So, it’s time to break from the typical template and add to your kitchen some life it deserves for serving you and your family. Here are seven great ideas for maximizing your kitchen‘s efficiency.

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1. The Type of Kitchen Cabinets You Need

If you have a small kitchen, you need to know how to distinguish storage that can store more things from storage that can’t. For example, cupboards can not store as many things as drawers or even pull-outs. Drawers are also easily accessible and are much easier to fit in smaller places. Using drawers instead of cupboards will give you a lot more storage space and create a significantly more organized space.


2. Extending Your Kitchen

The only way is up! And we don’t just think of wall cabinets. What we’re thinking is more cabinetry from the floors to the ceilings. Use every inch of available vertical space. Whether pantry or oven cabinets, these tall cabinetry options will lengthen your kitchen space and make it look bigger. 


Small Kitchen With White Shaker Cabinets
Small Kitchen With White Shaker Cabinets


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3. The Type of Kitchen Hardware You Need

For smaller kitchens, every inch should be sacred. With that in mind, try to choose your kitchen hardware. There are lots of different options when it comes to pulls or knobs for your kitchen cabinets. But, the best option is to replace heavy and big knobs with finger pulls or tiny knobs.

4. Open Shelving

Open shelves have many good sides. They’re a great option for your budget, they give an illusion of space, they open up your walls and make the entire room look brighter, bigger, and airier. Combining open shelves with tall cabinetry will help you to avoid that small and dark kitchen look.

5. Choosing Colors

You already know it – white cabinets create a bright and welcoming atmosphere. On the other hand, gray cabinets make your space look warm and cozy. So whether you decide to go for white or gray cabinetry, or maybe even both, and combine it, remember that these colors are the perfect match and will do their best for your small kitchen!

And in case you want to add a pop of some other color, in this situation it would be best to stick to two or three variations of some other neutral colors. Colors like ivory, cream, eggshell, and gray look great when combined with white.


6. Using Reflective Materials

For designing a small kitchen, it’s most important to create an illusion of space. And the best option is to just use mirrors! The possibilities are endless – you can incorporate them in your wooden cabinetry or use them as a backsplash. Heres an article on this topic. Use it wisely!


7. Creating a Smart Kitchen

Work smart, not hard. Apply it to your kitchen too. To make your space look bigger, choose to have only a few appliances on display. You can accomplish this by going for double-duty or multi-purpose kitchen appliances like an oven-microwave combo. Tall cabinets with space for these appliances are a winning combo! 

Another idea you could use for your small kitchen is concealing a Lazy Susan. You can “hide“ some of your appliances there and make your kitchen look spotless!


Lazy Susan vs Blind Corner Cabinet Infographic
Lazy Susan vs Blind Corner Cabinet Infographic


And here is a video to Lazy Susan assembly: 


8. Bonus Tip

When you’re done with choosing the right cabinets, investing in them and mirrors to create a brighter and more spacious room, it’s time for the final decorating. Decorate your small kitchen with houseplants and potted herbs. It will give more life, color and freshness to even the smallest and dullest kitchens.

Final Word

When it comes to smaller kitchens, it’s required to use the space as smartly as possible. Don’t be afraid to invest some good money in your small kitchen. First, it will not cost much because there are not many elements. Second, even if you’re on a budget, investing in high-quality kitchen cabinets will eventually come out as the best and most profitable decision you have ever made. In the end, there are many ways you can decorate your kitchen to look bigger. Using the right cabinetry, colors, and decorations, such as mirrors, will give you a whole new kitchen to look forward to!



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