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How to Set up a Temporary Kitchen While Renovating

If you are in the process of renovating your kitchen but need to be able to cook meals for yourself and your family, this blog post is just for you! This article will walk you through the steps needed to set up a temporary kitchen while you wait for the renovation work on your permanent one. If you’ve never done it before, don’t worry! We’ll go over all the details so that setting up a temporary kitchen will be easy enough even if you’re not an expert in home renovations.

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Renovating your kitchen is an exciting prospect, but it can also be extremely stressful. You may not want to live without a kitchen for weeks or months on end, so you might be looking for some temporary solutions? If you’re in the middle of a kitchen renovation, there’s no need to worry about what to cook or where to eat! With a little know-how and some creative thinking, you can have a working kitchen during your renovation project. With these temporary solutions for your kitchen, you’ll feel right at home.

Pick a Place for a Temporary Kitchen

Have a temporary kitchen set up in another room. This might be your living room, dining room, or even a bedroom. If you have the space, go for it! Set up a small cooking area with a hot plate, mini-fridge, and microwave. If you have space and can set up a small table, do so. If not, find an area where it will be easy for people to sit down when they are ready to eat!

Prepare the Essentials

It’s time to pack up your old kitchen! Move your kitchen contents to the garage or spare room if possible, and set aside the essentials that you will use in a temporary kitchen. If necessary, borrow some appliances from friends or family members. They might not mind lending you a few things for a little while. You should stock up on paper plates, cups, or even dinnerware as it will help you minimize the number of dishes.


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Plan Your Meals in Advance

Kitchen renovations are expensive, but so is eating out. Redesigning your kitchen is no easy feat, but it’s so worth all the hard work when you can finally make healthier and more creative meals at home. In the meantime, try to keep it simple. Planning your meals ahead of time is a great way to stay on top of what you’re eating and avoid cravings.


Before your old kitchen gets removed, consider cooking and freezing some meals in bulk – anything that you can cook up ahead of time for future dinners!

Setting up a Temporary Countertop

We all know that setting up a kitchen is no easy task. But if you’re looking for something quick and simple, this countertop solution might be just what you need! All it takes are some boxes (or even old furniture) to create an instant workspace. The way to do this would be by stacking boxes and laying down one of those scrap boards or folding tables on top. If your budget allows you, you can buy an extra workbench to get the cooking done.

How to Cook in a Temporary Kitchen

The easiest way to cook a meal is with your own two hands. Sometimes you just need something lightweight and portable, like the one-plate stovetop option that can be powered by anything from butane gas cans or small pocket presidency kits – no complicated setup required!


The summertime is the best time to remodel your kitchen! If you have a backyard grill or outside kitchen, consider scheduling renovations in order for it to be ready by fall when the weather starts getting cooler.


Microwaving may not be ideal, but during the renovation, it’s going to be life-saving. Microwaves are a great way to heat up food in minutes. You can make scrambled eggs, boil pasta, or cook potatoes quickly and efficiently with only one setting!

What to do With Dirty Dishes

One of the biggest temporary kitchen problems is how to wash dishes. The easiest option is to use disposable plates and utensils, but it can get expensive if you do it for every meal. If you have access to a dishwasher, this is a great way to clean dishes quickly and easily. If you don’t have access to a dishwasher or disposable dishes, you can always use your sink and some soap and wash them by hand in your bathroom. Use a metal tray as your dirty dishes stacking zone.

How to Store Food

One of the best and most important things to do during your home reno is plan for food storage. If possible, just move your fridge or freezer out of sight so that it’s not blocking any access points while working on other things such as installing new plumbing fixtures. Consider buying a small freestanding fridge freezer to get you through the renovation if your budget will allow it.



Are You Planning on Renovating Your Kitchen?

Are you planning on renovating your kitchen and you’re educating yourself on the process? If so, are you in the market for kitchen cabinets that will update the look and feel of the room, as well as improve the function? Look no further, because Nelson Cabinetry’s white and gray shaker collections have everything you need to build your dream kitchen. Our cabinets are easy to assemble so you won’t have to spend too much time struggling with temporary kitchen solutions. We also offer a free 3D kitchen design so you can visualize everything before making a big purchase!

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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