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SMALL footprint….. BIG solution!

26 Jul

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Kitchen located in Boston, Ma created by Rosario Cabinets, Inc.

Although 2012 trends are to larger kitchens, some homes simply don’t have the space for a large kitchen. City apartments can have a space as small as 7 feet by 10 feet, condos often have a galley kitchen or a wall with kitchen cabinets, while in some suburbs, a 10 by 13 foot space is small for a kitchen. Whatever your space limitations, make the most of the kitchen you do have with these ideas for utilizing every inch.

Make it Tall

Use all of the space in your small kitchen, floor to ceiling by incorporating extra-tall cabinets. Think tall and skinny when it comes to appliances as well. In a truly tiny apartment-style kitchen, consider a tall and narrow refrigerator, a built-in convection/microwave oven, stovetop with only two burners, and a dishwasher drawer, if you have the space. Think small for the sink as well. A single bowl, deep sink can hold a large pot to fill. Paired with a pull-out faucet, the sink can be versatile.

 Add an Island

If you have a small kitchen with a little more space, consider an island. Even a small island can make a kitchen more workable by providing an eating area and storage. An Island does not have to take up a lot of space, consider a round island with a small footprint.


Make use of every bit of space in your small kitchen. For example, look at hanging rail systems for an attractive display that saves space. Also consider pullout shelves and organizers in cabinets and drawers. Utilizing every bit of space in a cabinet makes a small kitchen more functional. Consider extra-deep countertops to give you more workspace without significantly affecting traffic flow.

Lighten it Up

White cabinets will give an illusion of more space; try to match the cabinet color to the wall color for continuity. Use light wisely in a small kitchen to make the space brighter and to give the illusion of size. Consider under-cabinet halogen or LED lights to provide extra lighting to countertops.