Designing Small Kitchens

I saw this article recently and thought it would be helpful to our readers. It is informative as it is very practical as we need to be when designing small kitchens. It explains why it may not be necessary to remove walls in a small kitchen to maximize space.

Make the Most of Your Kitchen Space

With many consumers looking at their budgets these days, they ask, “How do we get more for less?” This applies to remodeling kitchens as well. For many, they desire a less crowded feel in the kitchen with more convenience and storage space. With a well-designed kitchen, one might be able to eliminate the costly removal of walls or the construction of an addition. Here are some solutions to the challenge of finding more “hidden” space in the kitchen:


Many older kitchens have wasted space in the upper bulkheads. This “fix” may involve moving electrical wiring and even plumbing, so hiring a professional remodeler for this may be best. Other older kitchens have upper cabinets that do not extend to the ceiling. For both scenarios, installing wall cabinets that use the full height of the ceiling will provide much storage area. This upper area can store those items that are seasonal or seldom used. This also enables the eye to travel along an unbroken, vertical line which gives the allusion of greater space.

Specialty Cabinets:

Using specialty cabinets will help organize spices, utensils, pots and pans, knives, and even trash. There are specialized pull-out spice racks,tray divider
, two-layer cutlery trays, drawer pegs for dishes and plates, double trash bin pull-outs, pantries with pull-out shelves, pull-out mixer stands, tip-out trays, wine storage racks-and the list goes on! Thanks to consumer demand, there are multitudes of these types of products in the market today.

Dead Corners:

Traditionally used for this area are “lazy susan” corner cabinets. Today’s lazy susan cabinets can be made of wood and have ball-bearing hardware to be durable and strong for years to come.

Other ideas:

One could install pot racks over islands. Install shelves above windows. One trend to find more space is to remove an (unused) desk area to make room for more traditional cabinets.


Each family and home is very unique. The homeowner should think through how they want to use their kitchen and what items they use the most and want within easy reach. They should also consider their family dynamics in the next ten years: Will it expand? Empty? Children move back home? With a careful interview, the designer will discover the types of factors which will uniquely influence the final design. There are very few well-designed “cookie cutter” kitchens! So take a fresh look at your space (or invite in a professional) to see if there are any new and creative ways to enhance your kitchen-and your life.

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