All homes have a kitchen and they play a massive role in all of our lives. This is the place where we eat and drink, prepare quick meals or lazy lunches and for many it is thought to be the heart of a home. If you have a kitchen that is cramped and small you might want to spend as little time in there as possible, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
With a few tips you can convert a cramped kitchen into a cosy one and be able to enjoy this space in your home.
Take a good look at layout
The way that your kitchen is laid out can have a lot to do with how cramped it is feeling. Most people will have the main areas of the kitchen – the sink, the oven and the fridge in a triangle layout. This is to ensure that you can manoeuvre between each area with the minimum of fuss. Take a look at your layout and see if this is the case.
If your kitchen is cramped because you have a breakfast bar in the wrong place or you have doors that open into it, make changes. Get rid of the breakfast bar or relocate it and invest in sliding doors to give you more space.
Bin the clutter
Some people have a tendency to collect clutter and some of which will in inevitably end up in the kitchen. If you have cupboards and drawers full of things you don’t need it’s time to take a good hard look at your hoarding and start to bin the junk. When you do this you might find that you have much more free space on work tops, in cupboards and anywhere else in the kitchen. By freeing up more space you can make a cramped kitchen look cosy in no time.
Storage is everything
Kitchen furniture designers realise that not everyone has a lot of space to play around with in their kitchen, which is why they put so much emphasis on storage. With the right storage options you can transform your kitchen at a low cost and without having to make any major changes inside the home. Look for cupboards that will go from floor to ceiling if you are really struggling for space. Remember that using the full height of a room can dramatically change what you can do in it.
Or you might want to go for cupboards that are ideal for tight corners or make the most out of parts of the room that are often overlooked – for instance using the storage at the top of cellar steps, if you have them.
Have everything that you need in your kitchen without making it cramped by choosing appliances that are compact. There are many different sizes of fridges, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers to choose from so you will be able to get one that fits in your kitchen. You might be amazed at the room that you free up just by changing the size of your appliances and you might even save on energy bills too!
With the clever use of the right lighting you will be able to make even the smallest and darkest kitchen look light and airy. You can go for powerful LED lights that you can add to most areas of the kitchen, add colour with different bulbs and save space by using them under cupboards and so on. If you have not considered the lighting in your kitchen it is time that you did, as it really can make all the difference.
By changing a few things round you can easily convert a cramped cooking space into a cosy kitchen. You will then want to spend more time there and enjoy flaunting your culinary skills once again.