When a few square metres are all you have for your kitchen space, small kitchen renovations are in order to maximise use of space and make your kitchen look more spacious. Here are some important points to look into when in the planning stages for your small kitchen renovation.
If you want to keep costs low, the main thing to do is leave the kitchen footprint as is. Whether your small kitchen is L-shaped, one-wall, or a corridor/galley style it is best to keep it as is. Changing the footprint will most likely involve moving the plumbing or some electric rewiring. The latter’s cost wouldn’t also be justified especially if your appliances are still within capacity of your existing electric system. Instead, work on a better arrangement of your appliances and services within your existing kitchen footprint.
That said, when you update your kitchen layout, keep ergonomics as important as maximising space. Whatever small kitchen renovation ideas you are considering, build it upon the kitchen triangle: or how the oven/stove, sink, and fridge are arranged as triangle points. With a small kitchen, you’re in luck as this triangle is basically built in. Having this triangle means that their is better workflow because you are able to move between these points with ease.
One idea to increase workable space without having to disturb the triangle is to replace your sink with a smaller yet deeper one. Ensure that the stove/oven and sink are located within a metre of each other. If your oven is separate from the stove, you can have this a bit out of the triangle if you don’t bake often. While the refrigerator is the least in importance in the triangle, make sure that it’s door opens into the triangle. If you’re buying a new one for your remodel, check out the new combination slimline fridge freezer models which are thinner and taller, and designed for small kitchens.
-Flooring and Countertops
Use optical illusions to create a roomy effect in your small kitchen with large floor tiles. Large tiles make a room seem larger because the number of grout lines are less. For countertops, you can lessen costs with ceramic tiles or laminate. The designs available now for laminate are better-looking instead of cheap-looking. For both flooring and countertops, durability and water-resistance are important factors other than cost.
In small kitchens, the more cabinets you install, the smaller your work space gets. Getting creative with storage solutions will solve your storage problems without having to add more cabinets. Attach some hooks and rods against a bare wall for hanging pots, pans, and cooking utensils. You can also do away with cabinets and install open shelves instead. Have the shelves reach all the way to the ceiling, making use of space that would otherwise just collect dust.
For the finishing touch in your kitchen renovation, replace the paint with lighter colours. Paint colours such as white or light yellow will instantly make your kitchen feel airy and spacious. To liven it up, add splashes of brighter colours with some artwork, or colourful dishes and small appliances. If your budget permits, install a shiny mosaic backsplash for that burst of colour.