Renovation Ideas for small kitchen
By Marie Proeller Hueston
As the manager of the kitchen department in IKEA’s Paramus, NJ, location, Carol Smith is used to helping customers create their dream kitchen — even when space is limited. Here, she shares 10 things to consider before planning your own renovation.
The needs of a family will inevitably be different from those of an empty nester. A family might want food storage lower or the microwave more accessible, so older children can help themselves to an after-school snack. A couple, meanwhile, might opt for an island with a cooktop and bar sink.
If you will, consider space-saving options, such as folding bar stools or designs that tuck under a counter or work island. If even modest space exists, a kitchen island may be a worthy consideration.
Even in a small space, try to achieve the “work triangle, ” that optimal configuration between the stove, refrigerator and sink. Rolling carts offer storage and workspace, and their mobility frees up built-in space to accommodate the triangle.
Cabinets up to the ceiling line are great for occasional storage like holiday bakeware and turkey platters. They also offer a great opportunity to use handy step stools!
Lighter colors and reflective surfaces like stainless steel, chrome and high-gloss fronts tend to open up a small space. But never underestimate the magic of lighting! Under-cabinet lighting and other options can make small, gloomy spaces appear more inviting.
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