Make the most of a small kitchen

Don’t let minimal space prevent the kitchen of your dreams

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We all dream of a kitchen which could happily house the whole family, but often end up having to compromise on space when buying a house.

Even if your kitchen is on the smaller side though, there are still clever ways to make the most of the space you do have to create a kitchen you love. After all, good things often come in small packages.

The first thing you’ll need to do to optimise the space in your kitchen is look at storage space, as there are several useful areas we often overlook. The back of a door is a great place to start. By adding hooks, you instantly create a way to hang pots and pans, without taking away valuable cupboard or surface areas.

Adding additional shelving can also create more worktop space. The Magnet Shelf Plus is a great way of providing tiered shelf storage on your worktops, freeing up space for chopping and serving dinner. If your worktop space is minimal, adding a movable chopping board especially shaped to rest over the sink provides extra surface space when desperately needed.

Keeping worktops clutter free can sometimes be difficult when your kitchen is more compact, so adding in secret areas and compartments is a great way to conceal items given limited cupboard space. The Magnet Cabinet Plus is perfect for this. It’s a descending section that lets you hide things away in the space at the back of your cupboard where ingredients are hard to reach and often get forgotten about. Not to mention that it also provides an element of surprise for guests, when a herb or spice rack appears from nowhere!

Finally, beyond clever storage tricks, the final element to consider if you want to make a small kitchen feel that little bit roomier is colour. It’s best to avoid incorporating too many darker shades into your décor scheme for compact rooms, as these can make a small space feel constrained and drawn in. By contrast, keeping worktops, cabinets and flooring in lighter shades will open up the room and create a much-needed sense of space.