always great when remodelling a big kitchen with lots of packing
and moving space but what if you have a small kitchen to remodel?
Can it still be practical and functional? The answer is yes!
U - shape kitchens have the most packing and countertop space
while L - shape kitchens have the most moving space. If the
floor plan is big enough you can even place a island in the
middle of the kitchen for additional storage and work space.
These style kitchens can only be used if you have a small
to medium size kitchen.
small but supa functional
Let's start by remodelling a very small kitchen. If we can
make this size kitchen work most other sizes should work
too. Ok...what must we have in a kitchen? A sink cabinet,
oven, fridge and also cabinets for storage space.
Small kitchen sink cabinet
Let's start with the sink cabinet. The minimum size you
can make a sink cabinet in width is 500mm so we will make
our sink cabinet exactly that. In the design where we are
remodelling a small kitchen you will see that the sink cabinet
is at the end of the row cabinets far away from the hob.
Remember that water and electricity aren't friends so keep
the water away from the hob. Companies like Franke have
come out with a sink that has a hob attached to it but they
make sure their sinks are water tight to do that.
Small kitchen oven cabinet
People remodeling their kitchen allot of the times use eye
level ovens instead of under counter ovens. They are allot
more expensive and you will have to build a tall cabinet
to fit them into but these cabinets can create more space
in your kitchen. A small kitchen like we have here on the
other hand will have to be fitted with a under counter oven.
You can either choose a 900mm or 600mm
wide cabinet. Most under counter ovens are standard 600mm
high. The little front that goes at the bottom under the
oven is 100mm high by 596mm wide. The reason you don't make
it 600mm wide is because you want to have a 4mm space between
the oven front and the door next to it.
Small kitchen fridge
A fridge cabinet in which to place your fridge would probably
have been a good idea when remodelling
a small kitchen like the one we have here but I decided
to be a bit creative. You can just place a fridge in the
gap you left for it and use the top of the fridge as packing
space. Your small kitchen will actually have more packing
space if you leave the cabinet on top of the fridge out
because the fridge surface is allot bigger and the cabinet
you will have to build will only be 300mm deep allowing
Small kitchen storage space
Because this kitchen is so small you will have to use all
the storage options you can when remodelling the kitchen.
You can pack pots and other kitchen accessories on top of
the wall units if the base of the item isn't bigger than
300mm. The wall of the small kitchen is also a great place
to hang items onto. If you have limited space to move in
certain areas of the small kitchen and still want to utilize
the wall space you've got you can hang items that don't
stick out so far. The breadboard above the sink is an example
of a solution for that problem. Above the hob I fitted a
spice rack full of spices that not only makes them easily
accessible but is also not in the way and doesn't take up
any space. Think of how you can utilize the walls you have
before you start remodeling your small kitchen. Plan it
carefully. If you do you will see that it will make your
time spent in a kitchen much more enjoyable.
this was a very small kitchen I designed and it came out
beautifully. Not only that, it was functional and practical
to work in.
you have any questions about remodeling a small kitchen
please send me an e-mail. I would love to help you find