How do I remodel a small kitchen

Mini kitchen: This is how you set up a small kitchen smartly

Do you only have space for a mini kitchen in your apartment or tiny house and need more storage space and more work space? With the following tips you can plan or optimize your small kitchen so that every centimeter is optimally used.

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Create more storage space in small kitchens

Storage space is scarce in mini kitchens. On the one hand, it helps to radically sort out what crockery, cutlery and kitchen utensils are really needed. On the other hand, you can move things that are rarely used, such as the raclette grill or the fondue pot, to a storage room or the cellar. But storage space is still required in the kitchen. This is how you can do as much as possible:

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1. Plinth drawers

The plinth below the kitchen unit is usually an unused space. It doesn't have to be like that. You can integrate drawers there. These plinth drawers not only increase the cabinet volume noticeably. If you misuse them as a step, you can also optimally reach the upper cabinets under the ceiling.

2. The right base cabinets for the mini kitchen

If you choose base cabinets with drawer pull-outs instead of simple cabinets for the tight area between the devices, then you can store more, more clearly and more easily accessible there. So-called pharmacy cabinets also make optimal use of the available storage space.

Even for narrow gaps between kitchen appliances, there are pull-outs in which boards and trays can be stowed. And with extra narrow base unit pull-outs, you can make optimal use of the space.

Small drop of sadness: These special cabinets are often more expensive than those with standard dimensions.

3. Use corners

If your kitchen is L- or U-shaped, then you should use the corner cleverly. There are not only base units especially for corners, kitchen manufacturers now also offer corner drawers. With these so-called Space Corner pull-outs, the front of the pull-out is not straight, as usual, but forms a right angle, while the actual pull-out element is installed diagonally into the cabinet.

The deeper the corner cabinet, the more important it is to find a solution that simplifies access to the rear areas.

4. Use the inside of cabinet doors

You can also use the inside of the cabinet doors to store kitchen utensils there. There are corresponding flat inserts to buy that you attach to the inside of the door.

But you can also simply create additional storage space yourself. You can do this by simply attaching smaller, not too deep acrylic glass containers to the inside of the door with mounting tape. These can be business card holders, for example. You can find instructions here.

Or you can attach hook rails there, on which you can hang smaller kitchen utensils. Or a railing that holds pot lids. There are many ways to create more storage space. You should just make sure that the door still closes.

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5. Make optimal use of the space under the sink

If you choose a solution for the waste bins under the sink where the lids of the waste bins are fixed, you can use this area as an additional shelf, for example for cleaning utensils. There are also special built-in drawers for sink cabinets that have cutouts and thus make optimal use of the space under the sink.

6. Use the niche between the worktop and wall units

You should also use the wall between the worktop and the wall units to accommodate kitchen utensils or dishes. Regardless of whether it is magnetic strips for knives, railing bars or narrow shelves: There you can store what you would like to have close at hand and what can be beautifully displayed.

Another possibility to use the niche are top-mounted cabinets with aluminum shutters, folding or sliding doors. You put this on the worktop. The disadvantage: You gain storage space, but you lose work space.

7. Go up under the covers

Cabinets and shelves can go up to the ceiling. At the top you stow things that you don't need that often. A folding step or plinth drawers help you to access the utensils stowed above.

8. Tie in the blanket

You can attach hanging baskets to the ceiling itself, which can hold some of the supplies, for example. Or you can attach a rack for glasses, as you sometimes see in bars, under the ceiling. A hanging shelf also creates additional space. This is suitable, for example, to make good use of the space above the dining table or above a kitchen block in the room.

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9. Dining table with integrated drawers

If there is space for a small dining area in your mini kitchen, you should choose a table with a few drawers under the table top to stow some things there. If the table is long enough, you can alternatively use the space underneath with a drawer element.

Small kitchen appliances save space in the mini kitchen

Much of the potential storage space in a mini kitchen is eliminated by kitchen appliances such as a dishwasher, oven and refrigerator. Therefore, in a small kitchen, it pays to think about whether you really need standard-sized kitchen appliances or whether a smaller appliance also does.

Dishwashers are also available in narrow, i.e. 45 instead of 60 centimeters wide. These mini dishwashers are absolutely sufficient for two people. And you can use the saved 15 centimeters for a narrow base unit pull-out.

In addition to classic ovens, more and more manufacturers of modern kitchen appliances are also offering compact ovens, which, in contrast to their larger siblings, are only 45 centimeters high. This has the advantage that there is space for a drawer under the oven, in which you can store pots and pans, for example. You also use less energy with a smaller oven.

If you can't do without a microwave, you could choose an oven with an integrated microwave and thus save space.

There are also cooling combinations in extra slim designs.

However, there is one problem with the compact kitchen appliances: The selection is far smaller than with the standard appliances. However, this can also be an advantage, because you are no longer spoiled for choice. And the small devices are unfortunately not cheaper, but often even more expensive than the standard versions.

Tips for more work space in the mini kitchen

In addition to storage space, the second problem with small kitchens is the lack of space to prepare food. More work space is needed! And in this way:

1. Choose extra deep worktops

With extra-deep worktops, you get more space in your kitchen block for preparation and space for equipment such as coffee maker, toaster or juicer. All you need to do is move your base cabinets away from the wall and provide them with a deeper kitchen worktop. Ten centimeters are enough to gain a lot of space.

2. Removable work block

A work block as a base cabinet, which can simply be pulled out if you temporarily need more work space, is also helpful.

3. Cutting attachment for the sink

The sink takes up a lot of work space. However, if you buy a fitted cutting board for your sink, then you can cleverly expand your work area and even completely cover the kitchen sink with some models. A job gain that is particularly useful in small kitchens.

4. Extendable worktops and folding tables

Pull-out worktops are another way of creating more work space temporarily. Whenever space is required for cutting and preparing food, the worktop can easily be pulled out and expanded. This not only provides more work space in the kitchen, but also more space on the actual work surface.

Alternatively, you can attach a folding table to the wall that you can use not only to drink coffee, but also to prepare a larger menu.

Optical tricks to make mini kitchens look bigger

In addition to the tricks to create more storage space and more work surface, there are also optical options to make your mini kitchen appear larger:

1. The right fronts for small kitchens

Choosing bright, fresh colors makes your mini kitchen look bigger and wider. High-gloss fronts are also a good choice. These reflect the room and make the kitchen appear larger. Handleless fronts also give a spacious and at the same time tidy impression.

Sliding doors also save space - they are particularly decorative made of glass. In addition, they make the room appear calmer and more pleasant than conventional doors, which can appear rather bulky. Also suitable for small kitchens: folding doors. And flap doors for wall units. They provide more headroom.

2. The position of the extractor hood

Moves the extractor hood under the ceiling - this makes the room appear larger and is also very practical when cooking, because the high extractor hood offers more headroom. An alternative would be a hob with an integrated extractor.

3. The right flooring for the mini kitchen

Choosing the right flooring also influences the effect of the room: If your mini kitchen is very narrow, wide wooden floorboards or tiles in a checkerboard pattern offer a great solution. So your small kitchen looks a lot wider.