Small Kitchen Ideas to Steal From Our Tours
From bespoke storage to cleverly placed mirrors, there are numerous ways to big up a little cookspace
A small niche beneath a sloping ceiling might not be the most obvious place to put a kitchen, but here it’s worked perfectly. The designers have slotted plenty of storage and worktops into the area – and have even gone large on colour.
The trick here was to position everything in its most functional location. The end of the worktop extends to form a breakfast bar, so there’s no need to crouch beneath the eaves.
The sink has been placed below a roof window to provide extra headroom, while the rest of the worktop goes round the corner where the ceiling is higher.
Even the tiny triangle where the sloping roof meets the wall has been put to use with a pair of shelves.
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When space is tight, even a worktop overhang can take up valuable room. That’s why Tom Jones-Marquez of Bath Bespoke took inspiration from a commercial kitchen to find a solution for this cooking area.
The steel work surface has a moulded front to form a waterfall edge profile, which catches oils and fluids before they drip over the front of the island. It means there’s no need for an overhang and instead the worktop sits neatly flush to the cabinets.
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This kitchen is pretty petite, but that didn’t stop Jasper Middleton, design director of Middleton Bespoke, incorporating a larder into the design. He squeezed it into this corner at the end of the run of base units.
However, a hinged door opening out to the right would have made it tricky to access the cupboard. So a clever solution was to hinge the right door to the left one, creating a bifolding design. Both doors open to the left, so the owner can easily get to the contents of the cabinet.
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Functional design can also be full of character, as this small, galley-style kitchen shows. The owners were keen to avoid wall cabinets, which might have encroached on the space, so open shelving was the best option.
The team at Sheffield Sustainable Kitchens made this quirky design from their clients’ collection of wine crates, customising the box shelves with under-cabinet lights.
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Mirrors are design heroes in a small home, and are often used to add a sense of space to hallways and living rooms. If your kitchen also needs a boost, why not try one here, too?
In this small cooking area, architect Emilie Melin has installed mirror glass over an entire wall. It reflects the tiny kitchen, creating the illusion of a much bigger area and boosting light levels in the room.
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Multifunctional furniture can offer some genius solutions in a small space. Take this birch ply kitchen peninsula by Rebecca Benichou of Batiik Studio, for example – there’s more here than meets the eye. Those solid triangular sections aren’t just there to look good, they also pull out to form table legs.
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If multi-tasking furniture isn’t an option, try something that’s light enough to move around. The circular table in this small, open-plan room can be picked up and moved when more space is needed.
The most important thing to remember, according to architect Eva Byrne of Houseology, is to choose a table with a single leg. “It allows people to sit comfortably around the surface,” she says.
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Which space-saving solutions have you used in your small kitchen? Share your experiences in the Comments.