Boosting Space in a Small Kitchen

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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If you’re cramped for space in the kitchen, consider a few options for making the room look and feel bigger. A few changes to the floor plan, a large replacement window or changes to the cabinetry layout can really open up a small kitchen.

Rethink Your Kitchen Design

Many older kitchens have a center table that takes away from the aisle space and makes the room appear cramped. Try taking out the table and adding a booth that fits into the wall, says CNN.com. Another options is to add a breakfast bar along one wall. Either way, you’ll gain valuable space in the center of the room without sacrificing an eating space.

Replacement Windows are Key

Next, look around your kitchen for places where extra sunlight from windows or skylights could create an illusion of added space. It might be the breakfast area or a wall behind an island. If you have a large wall, investigate whether a sliding glass door to the yard would work. Just make sure:

  • To have the contractor add a sturdy header above any new window or sliding door.
  • To look at the exterior view so that the replacement windows or sliding doors blend with the architecture of the house.

Boost Kitchen Cabinet Height

Vertical space also can help make a small kitchen more livable. If your ceiling height allows, try 42-inch cabinets instead of the standard 36-inch kitchen cabinets. Also look for kitchen cabinets in light colors to make the room seem larger. Add glass doors on some kitchen cabinets to create a sense of openness or try these other kitchen design ideas.

Small kitchens are a challenge, but they don’t have to be fatal. Just use your imagination and tweak that kitchen design until you have the right features.

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  1. 4 Responses to “Boosting Space in a Small Kitchen”

  2. jamie
    Nov 18, 2010

    Another idea that might work would be to use mirrors as countertop backsplashes. Although they would need to be kept clean, they would definitely make the room appear bigger!

  3. Lindsey
    Nov 18, 2010

    I have finalized the plans for a custom kitchen island that also serves as a casual dining with counter stools, and cabinet storage underneath mainly for pots and pans. I love the idea of 42-inch glass cabinets to open the area more with such a large addition. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Allison Millar
    Nov 20, 2010

    I lived in a townhouse with a mirrored backsplash and it was ok, but not always fun to look at yourself first thing in the morning as the coffee way brewing!

  5. Dec 2, 2010

    Allison, while this may not change the size of the kitchen, painting in a light color will help make the kitchen feel larger! Also, homeowners could remove a kitchen island and use a portable one on wheels instead.

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