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.
Toasters and Toaster Ovens
When you are doing all you can to make your small kitchen open and enjoyable, you have to give some thought to small appliances like the toaster or toaster oven.
A regular toaster will take up little room but if taking it out of a cupboard each time you choose to use it is more than you wish to bother with, there are number of attractive covers for them and they can left right on the counter.
The toaster oven is a larger appliance but it will do a lot more than make you toast.
They are excellent for single serve pizzas and even the occasional TV dinner. Keep the entire room much cooler by using the toaster oven rather than the range.
Kitchen Carts & Islands
Kitchen islands can now be purchased in almost any size and the added room it gives the small kitchen is a plus. They would take up minimal floor space when used in the center of the kitchen preparation area.
Typically they are closed in with cabinets below to keep any number of kitchen items with easy reach. Place a rod on one or both sides to keep hand wipers easily accessible. If placing a stationary unit in the middle of the floor will leave the room much too crowded, perhaps the serving cart would work well.
They are actually a type of island on wheel that you can place anywhere you happen to need to make use of it. Shelves or cabinets below the surface will hold a myriad of kitchen staples. When your food has been prepared, simply wipe the surface clean and roll the unit out of your way.