Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned the Hard Way

5 Ways To Make A Small Kitchen More User-Friendly

In the 1950s, people were loving the new innovation of processed foods, and they began to do less cooking at home. As such, kitchens shrank. If you have a home built in the 1950s through 1970s, chances are it has a pretty tiny kitchen — which does not bode well when you're trying to cook a gourmet meal for a few friends. In a perfect world, you would knock some walls down and expand that kitchen, but that's not often an option. Thankfully, there are some more feasible ways to make a small kitchen more user-friendly.

Put up some shelves to get appliances off the counter.

Toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, and other small appliances can really hog counterspace in a small kitchen. Consider having a few shelves put on a wall, perhaps above a window, where you can stash these appliances instead. You can probably reach the microwave still, and you can pull the toaster and other appliances down as you need them.

Get a smaller fridge.

Most people do not use all of the space in their refrigerator, but you could probably use some of the space that is currently taken up by your fridge. Downsize to an apartment-size fridge, and use the extra leftover space for another cabinet or even just to stash your broom.

Put a shelf above the stove for commonly used ingredients.

Having to shuffle through numerous cabinets to find spices, oil, and other basic ingredients can be time-consuming when you have limited cabinet space and all of those items are buried three layers deep. So instead, mount a single shelf above your stove, and use it to store the basics, like salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar.

Put hooks across the window.

You don't use the space in front of your window do you? If you hang a rod across the window in a manner similar to a curtain rod, and then hang some hooks from that rod, you can use the space to store pots and pans! This will free up some space in your cabinets. 

Install an island on wheels.

Your small kitchen probably can't accommodate a kitchen island full-time, but there may be times when you need an extra workspace. A kitchen island on wheels is the perfect solution. You can push it into the dining room or against a wall when you need it out of the way, and pull it out when prepping a big meal.

For more information, contact local kitchen remodeling services.

About Me

Home Remodeling Crash Course: What I Learned The Hard Way

One of the most challenging times for me as a homeowner was when my family was growing but my house was not. We were quickly running out of room and things felt cramped. That's when I started looking into the possibility of remodeling the house to add a couple of extra bedrooms and expand the living area. I had no idea how complex the process would be or what was involved, but I learned a lot along the way. Now that the work is done, I have created this site to help teach others what I didn't know going into the plans. I hope that the information here empowers you and makes your upcoming remodeling project easier.


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