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5 Ideas to Steal from 5 Compact Kitchens

Cook, bake, and work efficiently even in a small space


Cute and charming—small kitchens inspire us to improve our very own cooking areas so that we can work efficiently and prepare more sumptuous meals for our loved ones. However, aside from simply looking at lovely photos, we should also strive to apply the ideas that we pick up from these spaces at home.

If you're not sure how or when to start, you can always begin with simple and easy updates. Here are five ideas that we learned from these well-designed compact cooking spaces:

Main photos from: Sarah Sherman Samuel/ Smitten Studio via Yahoo and The Design Files.

Choose transforming and multipurpose pieces

Since space is of utmost importance in the kitchen, you need to choose your pieces wisely. Bulky options are out of the picture given the limited floor area so opt for folding tables and chairs. If you have an extra budget, you can also ask your carpenter to craft a cabinet that can house essentials and can be transformed into a table, too.

Photo from The Design Sheppard.

Maximize vertical space

We're used to seeing shelves and cabinets in the kitchen, but in a compact area, choose an open shelf that takes up an entire wall. Fix your dinnerware properly and add a few decor pieces and plants.

Photo from Sarah Sherman Samuel/ Smitten Studio via Yahoo.

Keep it open and well-lit

Clutter can instantly make a space look cramped. Keep the kitchen organized to achieve an airy and spacious vibe. Maximize natural light and invest in proper lighting. Quality lights can make it easier for you to work and allows you to appreciate the beauty of your space.

Photo from My Domaine.

Add a breakfast nook

Others may think that it's unnecessary to add a breakfast nook in a small kitchen but if you can maximize it, it can serve different purposes: a place where you can enjoy a quick meal, extra prep area, and additional storage if you add shelves under the table. Think outside the box and maximize every nook and cranny.

Photo from Planete Deco.

Keep things accessible

Since you have a small space to work with, you want everything within arm's reach—from ingredients and utensils to pans and plates. Consider having a customized rack where you can keep all of these. Compartmentalize the rack and add tiers where you can keep all of your essentials. You can also add hooks where you can hang cooking utensils and a couple of mugs. Once done, it can also serve as a makeshift pantry.

Photo from The Design Files.

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