How to Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most popular targets for renovation, but small kitchen remodel ideas can be hard to come by and most people often wonder how to maximize space in a small kitchen like those found in in many NYC apartments. Limited space and 90-degree angles can create unique obstacles and inefficiencies, so it’s crucial to plan a well-thought-out, space-saving kitchen design before jumping in.
The average New York City apartment hasn’t shrunk as fast as in other cities, but at 866 square feet, it isn’t exactly spacious. However, that doesn’t stop homeowners from choosing to renovate, either to improve the space’s function, create their own aesthetic vision, save energy, accommodate special needs, increase the property’s value, or any other number of reasons.
The kitchen is one of the most popular targets for renovation, but many homeowners wonder how to maximize space in a small kitchen like those found in most NYC apartments. Limited space and 90-degree angles can create unique obstacles and inefficiencies, so it’s crucial to plan a well-thought-out, space-saving kitchen design before jumping in.
The average homeowner struggling for small kitchen remodel ideas might not know whether he or she can maximize space in a small kitchen by simply installing a Lazy Susan and a few sliding pot organizers or whether it calls for a full set of custom cabinets. Fortunately, an all-inclusive design and build firm can help implement smart, strategic design techniques to make the most out of any small kitchen. Keep reading for our suggestions and check out this great Redfin round-up of tips for making the most of a small kitchen, including some from yours truly.
Making Your Plan
When your space is as limited as most New York City kitchens, you have to be as strategic as you are creative. Consider how to maximize counter space without sacrificing your ability to move around and without wasting precious storage space. Taking such considerations into account was essential for this recent NYC small kitchen design.
For this kitchen, we used open shelving to maximize storage without making the small space feel cramped. We customized the storage space, accessorizing the kitchen with a pull-out spice rack, a Super Susan, and sliding cabinet shelves. The cabinets we did hang were fully customized and built to the exact dimensions of this kitchen.
Open shelving is one of the more popular ways to maximize space during a small kitchen remodel because of its obvious versatility. Shelves can be hung and arranged as needed to create the perfect aesthetic. You can also try opening up a wall, if possible, and placing an island or peninsula to create a roomier, more free-flowing space.
Whatever small kitchen design ideas you have, keep these three important tips top of mind when planning for your remodel:
1. Plan around corners
You could stick those pots and pans way back into a corner cabinet, but do you really think you’ll ever see them again? You won’t unless you accessorize the corner with a Lazy Susan or install a blind cabinet. These solutions will ensure that your corner won’t become a big, inefficient waste of space.
2. Use your walls for all they’re worth
In some instances, hanging cabinets are a good way to maximize space in a small kitchen. Usually, though, there are better options than hanging cabinets. Open shelving is likely to be your best bet, as a general rule. That option allows you to fully maximize your wall space by utilizing it as a storage area while still giving your kitchen a more open, airy feeling.
3. Splurge on custom cabinets
Yes, custom cabinets are more expensive than semi-custom or stock ones. But utilizing every inch in your small kitchen is essential, and custom cabinetry is designed according to your kitchen’s specific measurements. It’s worth the expense to avoid using fillers or bumping out walls to accommodate pre-made cabinets.
A few final tips: If one of your renovation goals is to conserve energy, you can save both space and electricity with smart lighting options, such as pendant light fixtures or LED lighting integrated into cabinets or drawers. And if you happen to have a lot of kitchen utensils, consider using them as functional decorations by displaying them on any open walls. You might have a kitchen that ranks on the smaller side, but with our small kitchen remodel design ideas and tips, we know you'll be able to make it a space you love.