Inspiring Tips for Small Kitchen Remodeling Designs

Oct 1st

Are the small kitchen remodeling designs the same as a big kitchen remodel-except on a smaller canvas? We could say yes in some ways, but there are surprising differences that you should be aware of. Take these steps when remodeling your small kitchen.

Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas
Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Use Kitchen Designs Appropriate for the Small Kitchen – The most common layouts for small kitchens are: One-Wall, Galley or Corridor, U-Shaped and L-Shaped. Most small kitchens are longer than they are wide (though there are many square-shaped small kitchens, including the one pictured here). But these are great designs that provide you with lots of opportunities. Forget placing a kitchen island. It won’t happen. Instead, learn to embrace designs that are right for these smaller spaces.

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Find Easy Areas to Scale Down – Big double sinks or farmhouse sinks eat up valuable counter space. Also, think long and hard about whether you really want bigger appliances. Side-by-side fridges are great, but you want to conserve width when it comes to the appliances. Are you a single person or a couple? More economical dishwashers are available, too. If you have any out-of-kitchen area available (i.e., can you put in a pantry around the corner?), use that for items you don’t use frequently, such as canned goods or appliances.

Determine Your Values – Along with the above tips, you really need to make hard choices. Or, who knows – sometimes it’s an easy choice. Is storage a number one priority? Then you’ll need to maximize kitchen cabinets at the cost of appliances. Do you really want a breakfast bar? It’s possible, but you may need to sacrifice counter space for cooking to get that breakfast bar. There is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s your kitchen; you’re allowed to make these choices as you wish!

Use Stock Cabinetry – One of the great things about small kitchen remodeling designs is that you get to use easy-to-install DIY cabinetry. In fact, you can often find this type of kitchen cabinetry right on the shelf at home improvement stores or places like IKEA. This cabinetry is usually a simple DIY install. If you buy the cabinets flat (like at IKEA), it’s usually more work putting than cabinets together than it is to install them in the kitchen.

Maximize Cabinet Depth – There is so much space in the backs of cabinets that we rarely use. Maximize your usage by installing lazy susans and roll-out shelves.

Use Larger Floor Tiles – It seems counter-intuitive, but larger floor tile makes your small kitchen appear larger.

Employ Lighter Colors – Since the light you get in your kitchen is as much reflected light as it is direct light, you can increase a small kitchen’s light intensity by using brighter-colored wood species for the cabinetry and neutral tones for the counters, as well as for the wall paint.

Don’t ever give up if you only have a limited space to use as a kitchen. You should thank for low budget that you will spend for small kitchen remodeling designs, compare if you have a larger space; there will be much more money you should have to do the remodeling process.

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