Kitchens are an important part of any living space. In fact, they’re often considered the heart of a home. As one of the most important rooms in the entire house, they deserve special consideration.
When it comes to kitchens, some may believe that the bigger they are, the better they’ll perform. Although this may be true in some cases, it’s really a matter of preference. A small kitchen is not everyone’s choice. But sometimes due to a lack of space, you have to go with it. On the other hand, some people just don’t want to waste floor space in kitchens. That’s why they build small kitchens.You’d be surprised at the hidden advantages of a kitchen with a smaller layout. But, no matter the size of your kitchen, the most important thing is that it works well for you. The size of a kitchen varies from home to home.
Efficient & Ergonomic Kitchen Design
A properly designed small kitchen layout should mean that you are maximally efficient in the kitchen. This efficiency is produced by ensuring that each of your movements can have a purpose and help you complete a task or reach a needed item. In some small kitchen designs, space can be so efficiently utilized that only 1 or 2 steps in any direction bring you to a critical appliance, tool, or ingredient. When considering how to produce the most efficient layout for a small kitchen, ask yourself a simple question like:
- Where will commonly used items and ingredients be stored?
- Would I prefer to frequently reach high or squat to access dishes, utensils, and appliances?
- What kitchen stations (e.g., sink, fridge, food prep) do I want to be accessible from which other parts of the kitchen?
Small kitchen means that you can work and cook faster. You know exactly where you save the equipment and also the spices. Your cooking time will be more efficient since you can reach the refrigerator within seconds and come back to your stove.
Everything has a place
Those with less space in their kitchens must become very good at space management. This means that every single item in the kitchen has a specific place and some tools might serve more than one purpose.
Less food is wasted
While your refrigerator and freezer might not necessarily be smaller in a smaller kitchen, your pantry space most likely is. This smaller space for storing food means that what food you do have will get used up faster. It also means you are less likely to forget or lose track of what you have in your pantry or refrigerator. Less space for storage also pushes you to only purchase the groceries you will need for a week or so at a time since there won’t be much room to stock large quantities of anything.
Having a smaller kitchen with less available storage space means you’ll only be able to keep what you need the most and like best. Some people prefer a more minimal style, with fewer belongings, and fewer opportunities for clutter. A small kitchen will also help you focus more on the quality, rather than the quantity, of your kitchen supplies. With a small kitchen, you may come to realize that you don’t need fancy appliances or multiple kinds of measuring cups to cook delicious food. A small kitchen can be just as functional and organized as a large one.
A smaller space is easier to clean for the simple fact that there are fewer surfaces to wipe down and organize. After a tiring afternoon of slaving over the stove, cleaning up after yourself is the most tedious part of the entire cooking process. Luckily, having a smaller area may mean less for you to wash up. Having a smaller kitchen means that you probably don’t have to wipe down much counter space, you’ll have less floor to mop, and fewer pots to toss into the dishwasher. It makes for an overall easier and faster cleanup of the whole room when there’s less of it for you to deal with.
Less Costly to Finish and Furnish
Usually, the kitchen requires the most money to renovate. A smaller space can effectively drive down your costs. With less space to finish and furnish, you’ll have more money to spend on premium materials and products.
You know how to maximize every square inch.
What some see as an empty wall or dead corner, you see as an opportunity. You’re hardwired now to make the most of every bit of available space in your kitchen, from using the walls for storage to doubling your interior cabinet space. You don’t even let the space on those cabinet doors go to waste!
So, to conclude, small kitchens have their perks. They’re easy to maintain and operate, saving a lot of floor space. Small kitchens do not have to be the bane of your existence. If you organize your kitchen to work for you and not against you then you will be enjoying having a small kitchen and getting a little closer to your family.