How to Outfit a Small-but-Mighty Kitchen
Whether it’s a need for more counter space or the desire to knock down a wall to add a dining table, everyone wants a more spacious kitchen. Fortunately, even in the smallest spaces, IKEA has solutions galore.
From wall mounts to movable islands to extendable furniture and dozens of drawer inserts, IKEA can maximize every square inch of your kitchen, no matter how small. With these ideas, you might even have room to spare.
The lower cabinets often become holdalls for all the various appliances and a bunch of pots and pans. The things you use the most tend to stick near the front, while everything else gets lost at the back. This means that when you have to remove the waffle iron, everything else must also be removed.
Ban this problem from your kitchen forever by installing drawers instead of doors. You can easily see everything you have and know if there is a corner that is not being used to its full potential.
If you like the look of a seamless panel on your bottom cabinet, you can install interior drawers behind a cabinet door. The IKEA SEKTION range of kitchens allows nine (!) Different drawer combinations, so that you can find the solution that best suits your needs.
Drawer inserts are a kitchen’s best friend. It may seem counterintuitive to add an extra element when space is already limited, but by keeping small items in check you can adjust more and find what you need at a glance.
- Storage of utensils and cutlery: Choose an insert that fills the drawer. In this way, you use all the space and the insert will not slip. IKEA offers more than a dozen options for utensil trays, so you can mix and match until you find a working combo.
- Medium-sized tools (such as cheese graters, measuring cups and hand blenders): Group them by use (cooking supplies, preparation tools) and organize them in bins. The VARIERA line has several sizes in bamboo and Plastic, with handles for easy removal.
- Pots and pans: These should be stacked in deeper drawers and the lids should be kept in file format with a pot lid holder (which also works well for cutting boards and baking sheets). Carousels, like that one, are also useful for storing cooking vessels in cabinets that are difficult to access.
- Condiments, spices and preserves: In the upper cabinets, use bins or baskets to sort the jars and containers, and shelf inserts to add another level of storage (perfect for canned products so you can avoid stacking them on top of each other). In the drawers, use a non-slip insert for spice jarsand the categorized basket method mentioned above, grouping the items you often use together (oils and vinegars, stir-fry ingredients, pasta sauce supplies, etc.).
Wall space is often underused in the kitchen, but taking advantage of this vertical real estate is a great way to free up overstuffed drawers and cluttered countertops. If you have a large white wall, open shelves may be a good solution, but you may not have space for a shelf that is 10 to 12 inches longer.
Add a wall mount. The slim profile hugs the wall and you can have hooks for hanging utensils, towels, pots, even plants or herbs! If you are working with an open backsplash, you can add a single rod or magnetic knife holder.
No wall space? No problem. You can always go vertically. IKEA makes a intelligent support who attaches to a kitchen island, so you can have hanging storage without the need for a wall. It also has a tall shelf strong enough to hold things like large serving trays or mixing bowls.
A kitchen island may seem like a dream feature even in large kitchens, but they can actually do wonders in a tight space, especially if you live in an apartment where the living room and kitchen occupy the same space. The addition of an island allows you to differentiate the rooms, incorporate a dining room, save storage and double your counter space, all with a single piece of furniture. IKEA offers a variety of sizes, ranging from 28 inch at 50 inch wide and narrower options to 22 inches deep, so it’s easy to find the one that fits your space.
For super small kitchens, a mobile cart is the answer. IKEA has five different at three levels utility carts – each one is a good home for pantry items, cooking utensils, a bar cart or miscellaneous storage – and five different carts with solid tops to give you extra counter space.
Flexibility is essential in a small space, especially when it comes to sitting. You probably don’t need a dining table 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Choose furniture that only appears when you need it. IKEA manufactures a variety of falling leaf and stretchy tables ranging in size as small as 10 ¼ inches long at 47 ¼ inches long. the NORDEN table is particularly suitable for small kitchens, as it has three different length options and three central drawers for storage.
For a table that practically disappears, add a wall leaf. Just flip it over when you want to have dinner and when not in use, it acts as a narrow shelf. Regarding the seats, to choose chairs and stool which can be stacked for simple storage so they move around when needed.
There is no room for excess in a small kitchen. To maximize your space, you need to reduce your merchandise. Do you really need eight place settings? When was the last time you used this mandolin? Why let a toaster take up valuable counter space when your oven grill can do the same? Products that can pull dual-purpose are keepers: cutting boards can serve as trays, frying pans can tenderize meat, vegetable peelers can slice cheese and chocolate, and colanders are perfect baskets for steam.
It’s time to say goodbye to the juicer you used three years ago. Donate items that are not essential and you will be amazed at the extra space that was there throughout.
No matter the size or shape of your kitchen, or whether you rent or own it, IKEA Kitchen Services is there to help you get the most out of it. Schedule an appointment to begin.
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