Designing a Small Kitchen

When designing a small kitchen, you generally have to balance the amount of counter space with the amount of storage. The more storage you have, the less counter space you have, and vice versa. If changing the walls or the configuration is an option, that’s an avenue that should be explored because changing a small detail like that can go a long way. This kitchen is a clear example of this.

In this condominium, the kitchen was cut off from the rest of the house

We were able to cut part of the wall to increases the counter space on the left side of the kitchen. As a result, we were able to cut the counter space on the right and increase the amount of storage with the addition of the full height pantry.

When it comes to the stove, I generally prefer having it attached to the wall. This increases counter space on both sides.

In regards to the placement of the dishwater, there aren’t too many options. ¬†Whether the kitchen space is small or large, the dishwasher is commonly placed to the left or to the right of the sink. This is found to be the preferred placement of the dishwater by those who utilize the kitchen for logistical reasons while using the sink and the dishwasher. As for the placement of the sink, it is recommended that there be plenty of counter space on both sides to allow for easy use of the kitchen.

One space-saving trick that we often see in small kitchens is using an over the range microwave. This particular microwave has a built in fan. I’m not generally a “fan” of using these because they usually range from 300 to 400 CFM, making them less powerful than a 600 CFM OTR microwave. Unfortunately there aren’t too many options when it comes to microwaves, so if you use the kitchen often and do a lot of cooking, an over the range microwave may not be your best option.