Designing a small kitchen can sometimes be a challenge when so many people want some kind of feeling of extra space when preparing food. But even if your kitchen is limited and you have no other options, you might be able to think a little more creatively by utilizing the feeling of more space. In some cases, that might involve thinking vertically rather than worrying about the surrounding area.
Creating High Ceilings
If the surrounding space of your kitchen needs to stay limited, why not consider thinking vertically and create high ceilings? This can work very well in creating a psychological feeling of more breathing room. In this case, you can build taller cabinets when storage space becomes an issue. House Beautiful shows an example of how cabinets built up high can become an ingenious way toward providing ample space to store dishes and other kitchen supplies.
The only concern would be in how you reach those above items. Having a ladder or stool nearby can help with that problem for someone younger. A person with balance problems shouldn’t really consider implementing this design.
Creating High Ceilings with Skylights
Nothing creates the feeling of extra space more than skylights. Many people use them in bathrooms with limited space to remove any feelings of claustrophobia. While you’ll likely have some window space in your small kitchen, placing a skylight on a high ceiling will increase the feelings of being a bigger kitchen than it really is. You also have the advantage of letting natural light in that can be beneficial when you need good lighting while preparing food.
If you have high ceilings and no real significant storage space for kitchen utensils, installing open shelving might be a stylish option. This gives a chance for many of your kitchen utensils to be on display to give a unique stylization that you don’t see every day. Just be sure your utensils look attractive and clean without food stains.
These open shelves can be placed up high so nothing can be accidentally bumped. The last thing you want are obstructive shelves that get in the way and create danger of your utensils falling and breaking.
Using Simple Tables as Your Kitchen Island
With kitchen islands a near staple in most kitchens today, it’s sometimes impossible to get one installed into a small kitchen space. One way to work around that is to pick a small table to go in the center section of a kitchen with limited space. These can sometimes be just as attractive and look less bulky as many kitchen islands do. When you include armless chairs around the table for less obtrusiveness, you have a perfect spot where family can sit, eat food, and visit while you prepare meals during family events.
If you want to employ any of these ideas or ones of your own for a small kitchen, turn to B & R Construction for your design and construction. We’re an honest design and build firm that works on your budget and makes sure your project gets done on time.
Contact us so we can start designing the small kitchen you have in mind for your home. Whether it’s building from scratch or a remodel, you’ll be happy with the results and at a price you’ll love.