55-small-kitchen-issuesNot every home comes complete with a large kitchen, so if you have one, consider yourself lucky.  For the rest of you tiny kitchen dwellers, there are ways to make the most of your space during your kitchen remodel.

Maximum Counterspace

Make sure you install your cooktop over your oven and you’ll save a few feet of counterspace.  Have your microwave or convection oven built directly into the cabinets, and you’ll score a couple more feet of work-room.

Functional Cabinets

If you’re planning to install some new cabinets, go with a lighter cabinet color paint or wood, as they tend to add brightness to smaller rooms.  You can also opt for glass doors for your kitchen cabinet remodel to give an “open” feel.  *Note: Only do this if you’re planning to keep your cabinets organized, as this can be a terrible mistake for kitchen accessory hoarders.  If you can’t keep tidy, please spare yourself the embarrassment.

The NKBA recommends installing high pantry cabinets, pull-out shelves, tilt-out bins and rotating inserts to make the most of your storage and accessibility.  A tilt-out drawer is the perfect place to hide scrapers and sponges.  Store toasters and smaller appliances in cabinets (out of eye-sight) to keep the countertops clear of extra clutter.  Even small adjustments can make a noticeable difference.

Flowing Floors

Are your kitchen floors different than the floors in the adjoining room?  If so, this can make a petite kitchen feel even smaller.  When the floor continues into the next room, it can often give the look of a flowing design adding to the illusion of a larger kitchen.  Perhaps it’s time to install some wood or bamboo floors in your upcoming remodel.

If there is a way to move your trashcan into the pantry, or incorporate a pull-out cabinet drawer to hold it, this will free up some extra floor space and eliminate an eye-sore.

Let There Be Light

Don’t forget to include sufficient lighting in your new kitchen, as this will obviously add brightness.  If you have any way to add natural lighting (skylight, bay window, etc.), that is always an excellent way to add openness, although this may not be an option for everyone.  In addition, under cabinet lighting can get rid of the shadows created by upper cabinets, and also add the perfect nighttime atmosphere with just enough lighting.

There are many ways to make your tiny space appear a larger place.  Take note of any areas that add to the clutter, and find a solution in your kitchen remodel.  There are many options and professionals available to help you make the most of your situation.