The kitchen is probably the most often used room in the house. It is not only for food preparation, but it is where the family meets to have a meal and enjoy each others company.
The small kitchen, especially where two or more people are to gather, can offer challenges that you will not have in the larger home.
Despite the drawback of decreased room, there are ways to set up the small kitchen where the space barriers will not infringe on the comfort of its occupants.
There is no better part of the day then sitting down with the family for supper and discussing the day’s events. No one should be deprived of this time due to the lack of seating arrangements. It may take a bit of forethought but there is a solution to be had.
Family size will play the biggest role in your decision. If it’s only you and your spouse, you may decide on a bistro table. The smallest ones there are can comfortably seat two people. If you have children, the role the kitchen table plays takes on a new meaning.
You may wish to choose from a drop-leaf or butterfly-leaf tables that reduces in size when not in use, but is there when you need it. Other styles are attached directly to the wall and fold up at meal time. And we mustn’t forget the counter bar.
As we delve deeper into what each of these options has to offer, making the best choice for you and your family will be the easiest decision you have ever had to make.
Pot racks are items that are similar to the bakers rack but they are attached to the wall rather than the ceiling. Some have an additional shelf that is added for the express purpose of holding the covers that go on the pots and pans.
Whether you choose one that fits flat against the wall or one that is in the shape of a semicircle, they both serve the purpose of giving added space to the small kitchen.
Additionally, when lids start taking over your kitchen, pot lid organizers can also help you come to the rescue and keep things in order. So it’s a matter of finding the right organizers for the right needs.
Paper Towel Organizers
Paper towel organizers come in so many different styles there is bound to be one that will find a home in any small kitchen.
They can be mounted under cabinets and inside cabinet doors. Other units will sit on the countertop in an upright position and hold a roll with ease.
Still, others can be screwed to the wall and have extra dowels for placing things like waxed paper and saran wrap. Literally nothing has been left out when it comes to making the use of paper towels quick and easy.
Banana holders are a unique little invention that requires just a small space and keeps them from spoiling for a much longer period of time.
A small bowl that will hold the bananas along with other varieties of fruit is another option.
Keeping these things handy will make it easy for all family members to grab a healthy snack rather than something that is not good for them.
Nothing can fill a small kitchen with odors any quicker than hot grease. In order to make popcorn the old way at home, that is what you had to do.
Heat up grease to a temperature that would cause the popcorn to pop. Popcorn poppers use hot air when making popcorn. It is healthier than any other kind of popcorn you can make.
People like them because they are easy to clean and storing them away is not a problem as they require little room.
With can openers, the struggle is to find the right fit for your needs. There’s manual, electric and automatic can openers.
Manual can openers offer the advantages of using a can opener even when the power is out as well as the ability to take it with you when you travel.
Electric can openers work if you like most of the hard work done for you and automatic can openers are a hybrid between both, giving you the same space saving benefits as manual choices but without requiring the physical effort manuals can openers require.
They work well for people with arthritis or someone who has lost the use of their hand. Whatever your needs are, there’s an ideal solution.
Burners & Cooktops
Kitchens without stovetop can be substituted with portable burners and cooktops. This makes for a really affordable solution in home that don’t need a budget-friendly alternative that not only works at home but is easy enough to take with you when you travel.
Choose from a single or double burner. Regarding whether to go for an electric burner or induction cooktop, the decision you make is based solely on your preference.
Toaster oven and microwave oven burner hybrids also exist but are often best left out of the picture due to low temperature controls and the very real possibility that if one part of the appliance stops working, you’re out of luck and will have to reinvest in an additional piece.
Keep in mind, that induction cooktops sometimes come with a safety feature and this means cooking for long periods of time is difficult if the temperature control is too high. As a result the safety feature will kick in and the cooktop will turn off. To remedy this, you may need to lower the temperature or make use of a slow cooker.
Smaller options save on countertop space and compact versions work perfectly in corners, but what you save on space, you sometimes lose out on more advanced features. compact versions tend to have lower wattage.
Be prepared that compact versions don’t always have enough room to fit larger taller microwaveable dishes or wider plates, so it’s always wise to expect that you’ll have to compromise on internal space to get a space-efficient alternative that will work well externally.
Of the options available, countertop are the easiest, requiring no installation.
Under-cabinet options work well as space saving solutions, among other choices, but be prepared to deal with installing these units or paying extra to have someone install them for you.
Pros and cons exist for a variety of choices and narrowing down what you’re looking for specifically will help you find the answer you need to come up with the right choice for your small home.
Categories: Kitchen Furniture for Small Spaces