There is no question that designing a new kitchen layout for a large kitchen is much easier than for a small kitchen. A large kitchen provides a designer with adequate space to incorporate many convenient kitchen accessories such as wall ovens, raised eating bars, islands, built-in wine racks, and so forth. A smaller kitchen, on the other hand will require a kitchen designer to spend more time thinking about how to incorporate all of the basics into a small floor area. However, with a little careful thought and planning you can have the best small kitchen design that is both efficient and attractive.
Utilizing all of the space effectively in the best small kitchen design is best performed by a qualified kitchen designer. True, there are many online videos and websites that can help the average homeowner to design a beautiful kitchen. However, when it comes to a kitchen design in a small area it is best left to professional kitchen designers who have the knowledge and experience to do it right. For example, what are some of the ways that they will increase storage space in a small kitchen?
Some of the better ways to increase storage space in a small kitchen include adjustable upper cabinet shelves, roll out drawers for base cabinets, and 42” high upper cabinets. Regrettably, many of the lower end kitchen cabinet companies only sell upper and lower kitchen cabinets with fixed shelves. They do this to keep the cost of the cabinetry at a minimum. Unfortunately, the average homeowner may not understand the advantages of having adjustable shelves.
When you utilize adjustable shelves for all of your upper kitchen cabinets, you will increase your storage space by over 25%. An increase of 25% of storage space may not seem like a lot but you will be surprised at how much storage it adds to a small kitchen. Take some time and look into a kitchen cabinet that has fixed shelves. You will notice that there is always a lot of dead space between the top of an item and bottom of the next upper shelf. Adjustable shelving will eliminate this waste of space.
Roll out drawers for all of the base cabinets is another excellent way to increase storage. A roll out drawer system will allow you to completely fill a drawer because it will be easy to locate any item once the drawer is completely rolled out. Base cabinets that rely on fixed shelving systems are poor units to use for storage and access. Also, if your kitchen has a corner cabinet then a Lazy Susan is the best way to increase the access and storage for a corner base cabinet.
Finally, a small kitchen can also utilize the extra 12” that is above a standard 30” upper cabinet. Many kitchen companies will keep the cost up the kitchen cabinets down by utilizing only 30” upper cabinets. If you have a small kitchen with only 12 feet of cabinetry then you can increase your storage space by over 12 ft.² if you use a 42” upper cabinet instead of a 30” standard upper cabinet. Once again however, it is important to use adjustable shelves in all upper kitchen cabinets.